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Justice Department reopens Emmett Till murder case

Descendants of Emmett Hill wearing t-shirts with images of Till on them
Descendants of Emmett Till gather outside of an old service station. Photo: Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Justice Department has reopened the 1955 murder case of Emmett Till, a black teen whose brutal murder helped to spur the civil rights movement.

The big picture: While DOJ simply stated that it had received "new information" regarding the case, it likely stems from a new book that includes an admission from a key witness, a white woman who claimed that Till sexually harassed her prior to his murder, that she had lied about those events in her testimony, per the AP.