U.S. House Passes Bill to Solve Cold Civil Rights Cases - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

U.S. House Passes Bill to Solve Cold Civil Rights Cases

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill to establish a new division of federal prosecutors and FBI agents.

Their job will be to try and solve, unsolved murders from the civil rights era.

The house bill authorizes $10 million dollars a year during the next ten years to solve these cold cases.

This project would also earmark $2 million dollars a year in grants for state and local investigations.

The bill is named in honor of Emmett Till, a black teenager from Chicago who was murdered in Mississippi for whistling at a white woman.

A similar bill is being considered in the Senate.

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