Short Shafted: The Emmett Till Act


There’s a great piece in the Sunday New York Times on  the FBI’s follow-up on Civil Rights era cold-cases in the wake of the passing of the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act in 2007.  To date, little has been done to close cases, and the FBI’s work appears to be perfunctory.

Here’s the last update from the Department of Justice in 2010 where they claim to have made progress, but since then it would appear that the project has stalled.

However, if you look at the original legislation, you have to wonder if the Justice Department was ever serious about this project:   A scant $10,000,000 in annual appropriations, with a heavy focus on reporting and community relations. I don’t think congress was serious about truth or justice, they simply wanted to turn the page.


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