first_imgRoy Bryant, Donham’s husband, and his half brother, J.W. Milam, were acquitted of the crime by an all-white jury in 1955. The two men later confessed in an interview with Look magazine. Both are now dead. The FBI reopened the case in 2004 but decided in 2006 not to press charges. The case was turned over to local prosecutors, with the FBI suggesting that they take a closer look at Donham. Some witnesses said a woman’s voice could be heard at the scene of the abduction. David Beito, a history professor at the University of Alabama, said Tuesday that there is probably no one else left to arrest in the case. He said it is hard to underestimate the importance of the Till case, which took place the same year as the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott. “It did not create the civil-rights movement, but it made it more into a mass movement,” he said. “It really mobilized people.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! No one has ever been convicted in the slaying. “You’re looking at Mississippi. I guess it’s about the same way it was 50 years ago,” said a disappointed Simeon Wright, 64, a black man who heard his cousin whistle. “We had overwhelming evidence, and they came back with the same decision. Some of the people haven’t changed from 50 years ago. Same attitude. The evidence speaks for itself.” Till, a 14-year-old boy visiting from Chicago, was kidnapped from his uncle’s home in the town of Money and killed after he wolf-whistled at Donham, a shopkeeper at the Bryant Grocery & Meat Market. Three days later, his mutilated body was found in the muddy Tallahatchie River, weighted down with a cotton gin fan. His left eye was missing, and his right eye was dangling on his cheek. The body was identified only by a ring he was wearing. His mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, who died in 2003, held an open-casket funeral in Chicago, and a photograph of Till’s disfigured face in Jet Magazine had a powerful effect on public opinion, letting the world see what was happening in the South. JACKSON, Miss. – All but closing the books on a crime that helped give rise to the civil-rights movement, a grand jury has refused to bring any new charges in the 1955 slaying of Emmett Till, a black teenager who was beaten and shot after whistling at a white woman in the Mississippi Delta. The district attorney in rural Leflore County had sought a manslaughter charge against the white woman, Carolyn Bryant Donham, who was suspected of pointing out Till to her husband to punish the boy for what was a grave offense in the segregated South. But the grand jury last Friday issued a “no bill,” meaning it found insufficient evidence, according to documents made public Tuesday. Federal authorities decided last year not to prosecute anyone, saying the statute of limitations for federal charges had run out. Mississippi authorities represented the last, best hope of bringing someone to justice. last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea started strongly against London rivals Arsenal, with Cesc Fabregas forcing Petr Cech into early action. Photo/DMLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 17 – The Arsenal players showed the right mentality and spirit in the 0-0 draw with champions Chelsea on Sunday in light of their 4-0 thrashing by Liverpool, said manager Arsene Wenger.The Frenchman — whose side came away with a point from Stamford Bridge for the first time in six visits — added that the Gunners could even have won it. Arguably they should at least have got on the scoreboard but their record signing Alexandre Lacazette missed an open goal in the first-half.The draw saw Arsenal move onto seven points, six adrift of leaders Manchester City whilst Chelsea — who for the third successive game against the Gunners ended the match with 10 players — are third, three off City.“It was about mentality and a response from our last away game,” said Wenger.“We could have won it. It was an intense game.“The battle was total. We are not in a transfer period and on the day we played Liverpool that affected us. We are all human beings.“If you play 55 games a season you can have a bad performance.”Wenger said his side hadn’t simply come to pull up the drawbridge but to try and take all three points.“We were focused and determined,” said Wenger.“We tried to play when we had the ball and we were close to winning the game. With a bit more freedom we would have won the game.“David Luiz, it looked excessive force to me, at what level did he catch (Arsenal defender Sead) Kolasinac? I don’t know.”Wenger’s Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte refused to make a direct comment about Luiz’s sending off but queried how his side had the habit of never ending with a full complement of players against Arsenal.“David Luiz, you know very well that I don’t like to comment about the referee,” said Conte.“I don’t do it in the past, or the present. You need to see what happened before the tackle.“We have great respect for officials, but it is strange to finish a third game in a row against Arsenal with 10 men.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more