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Usa: investigations into the Emmett Till case, civil rights icon, closed

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(ANSA) – WASHINGTON, DEC 06 – The US Department of Justice has definitively closed the investigation into the kidnapping and barbaric murder of Emmett Till, the fourteen-year-old African American barbarously tortured and killed by two white men in 1955 and who has become a symbol of the struggle for the conquest and defense of civil rights. Till was accused of molesting a girl. His two tormentors were sensationally acquitted by a jury made up of whites only.

The case was reopened in 2018 after a book came out that the woman who was a key witness in the trial of Till’s murder allegedly retracted her version in part. But the new investigations – explains the Department of Justice – have not led to the discovery of new evidence leading to new indictments. “We just hoped we could have an apology,” said Emmett Till’s 90-year-old cousin disappointed.

Till’s mother demanded a public funeral ceremony for her son, with the coffin open for all to see how the boy had been tortured and murdered. He had been beaten, had his eye gouged out, shot and finally thrown into the river with a shovel tied around his neck with barbed wire and used as ballast for working cotton. The body remained in the river for three days before being discovered and recovered by two fishermen. (HANDLE).

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