Backers seek expansion of civil rights death law
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - There's been only one prosecution of a civil rights killing since the Emmett Till Act became law nearly six years ago, and supporters want to strengthen the law.
The NAACP and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference are working to expand and extend the measure. The law helps federal authorities investigate unsolved killings from the civil rights era ending in 1969.
One possible change to it would include death investigations after 1970. That would please relatives of James Earl Green, who was shot to death during a protest in Jackson, Mississippi, in May 1970.
The government has closed the books on all but 20 of the 126 deaths it investigated under the law, finding many were too old to prosecute.