FBI probe of 1955 death of Emmett Till concluded - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

FBI probe of 1955 death of Emmett Till concluded

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The FBI's investigation into the 1955 killing of Emmett Till has concluded.

Till, a 14-year-old black boy from Chicago, was visiting relatives in Mississippi when he was tortured and killed for whistling at a white woman in 1955.

An all-white jury acquitted Roy Bryant and his half brother J-W Milam in the killing. They later admitted they kidnapped and lynched Till, allegedly for whistling at Bryant's wife. Bryant and Milam have since died.

No one was ever convicted for the crime and many have considered Till's death and the subsequent trial a catalyst for starting the civil rights movement.

A year after Till's mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, died in 2003 at age 81, documentary filmmaker Keith Beauchamp and others met with District Attorney Joyce Chiles and federal prosecutors to discuss the Till case.

Those present watched a portion of Beauchamp's documentary, The Untold Story of Emmett Till. Beauchamp's assemblage of witnesses and other evidence made a persuasive argument that the shoddy original investigation needed to be redone.

The complete F-B-I report is expected to be delivered before the end of the year to Chiles, who has said when she receives it she will decide whether to have a grand jury consider possible indictments in the case.

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