Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today after the U.S. Senate passed the Emmitt Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Act by unanimous consent following months of Republican delay:
“Emmett Till was a 14-year old boy from Chicago visiting relatives in Money, Mississippi, in 1955 when he was brutally mutilated and killed for whistling at a white woman. The killers in this case, like so many others during that time, were never punished. But in passing the Emmitt Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Act today, we are giving the Justice Department the tools necessary to finally investigate and prosecute crimes like this one.
“The bill has always had broad bipartisan support; it is nothing short of shameful that it languished for more than a year because of one Republican Senator. But today we can be proud that the U.S. Senate has at long last acted to resolve unthinkable, unsolved Civil Rights-era murders like Emmett Till’s. I encourage the President to sign this bill as early as possible.”