‘US closes case of black 14-year-old boy Emmett Tillkilled in 1955’

The investigation into the racist murder of a 14-year-old black boy in Mississippi in 1955 has been closed again. The US Department of Justice has informed the family of Emmett Till, the victim, reports news agency AP based on initiates.

Till was kidnapped and murdered after being accused of whistling at a white woman. Two white American men admitted to kidnapping Till, but during the trial they denied killing him. An all-white jury acquitted the men. In a paid interview, the men later admitted to killing the boy.

In 2007, the case was formally closed earlier because all suspects had died. The case was reopened in 2018 when the woman Till would have whistled to in a book said that he lied partly about what the boy had done in 1955.

According to Carolyn Bryant, it was not true that Till had whispered her in sexual proposals after whistling. Later, the woman denied to investigators that she had changed her story.

Impetus for civil rights movement

Till came from Chicago and was vacationing in Mississippi in 1955. At a store, Till would have whistled to Carolyn Bryant. Roy Bryant, Bryant‘s husband, and his half-brother J.W. Milam, kidnapped the boy a day later and tortured him in a barn. Then they shot him dead and dumped his body in the river, in which he was found three days later.

Till’s mother wanted the coffin to stay open during the funeral, to show how badly he had been mistreated.

The case was an impetus for the civil rights movement. A few months later, civil rights icon Rosa Parks refused to give her place to white passengers on a bus in Alabama. She said she had thought about Till during her action. Bob Dylan wrote the song The Death of Emmett Till in 1963 as a result of the case.