WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government has reopened an investigation into the 1955 killing of black teenager Emmett Till in Mississippi, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday, citing a report from the U.S. Department of Justice.
The report, sent to Congress in March, said the FBI was reopening the probe after receiving “new information” on Emmett’s slaying, which helped spark the U.S. civil rights movement, the AP said. The case was closed in 2007.
In August 1995, Till was beaten, shot and mutilated in Money, Mississippi, four days after it was alleged that the black 14-year-old from Chicago had flirted with a white woman.
The woman’s husband, Roy Bryant, and J.W. Milam were charged with murder but the two white men were later acquitted of the crime by an all-white jury. The pair later confessed in a paid magazine interview to abducting and killing Till.
The Justice Department declined to comment to the AP on the status of the investigation. Representatives for the department could not be immediately reached for comment.
Writing by Susan Heavey and Brendan O’Brien; Editing by Robin Pomeroy and Bernadette Baum