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Government Reopens Probe of Emmett Till Slaying

The federal government has reopened its investigation into the slaying of Emmett Till, the black teenager whose brutal 1955 killing in Mississippi shocked the world. The federal government has reopened its investigation into the slaying of Emmett Till, the black teenager whose brutal 1955 killing in Mississippi shocked the world. |  Photo: WDIO-TV

Created: July 12, 2018 05:07 AM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The federal government has reopened its investigation into the slaying of Emmett Till, the black teenager whose brutal 1955 killing in Mississippi shocked the world.

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A Justice Department report to Congress says the agency is reinvestigating Till's slaying after receiving what it calls "new information."

The report doesn't indicate what the new information might be. But it was issued in March following the publication last year of "The Blood of Emmett Till."

The book says a white woman acknowledged she wasn't truthful when she testified that the 14-year-old Till grabbed her and whistled at her in a store in 1955.

Two white men were acquitted in Till's lynching, but later confessed.

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