The Justice Department has reopened the murder case of 14-year-old Emmett Till.
Till was killed in Mississippi back in 1955 after he was accused of whistling at a white woman. The woman’s husband and another man were charged with murder but later acquitted later that year.
According to USA Today, the Justice Department said in a statement on Thursday that it was reopening the investigation “after receiving new information.” They continued to say, “Because it is an active investigation, the department cannot provide any additional information at this time.”
As many of us know, three days after Till was accused of whistling at 21-year-old Carolyn Donham, his body was found in the Tallahatchie River.
Till’s mother, Mamie Till, requested that her son’s casket remain open during his funeral to show how badly he was beaten.
Last year, Till’s death made headlines again after author Timothy B. Tyson’s book “The Blood of Emmett Till,” was released. He quotes Donham admitting in 2008 that she wasn’t telling the truth when she made the claims.
On Thursday, Rev. Jesse Jackson tweeted in response to the case being reopened and said:
— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) July 12, 2018