Biden to make lynching a U.S. hate crime with signing of Emmett Till bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday will sign into law the first federal legislation that would make lynching a federal hate crime after the U.S. Senate passed the bill by unanimous consent this month.

The legislation is named for 14-year-old Emmett Till, who was brutally murdered in a racist attack in Mississippi in 1955 — an event that drew national attention to the atrocities and violence that African Americans faced in the United States and became a civil rights rallying cry.

The bill would make it possible to prosecute a crime as a lynching when a conspiracy to commit a hate crime results in death or serious bodily injury.

«After more than 200 failed attempts to outlaw lynching, Congress is finally succeeding in taking a long overdue action by passing the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act,» Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said when the chamber passed the bill.

The bill passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 422-3.

(Reporting by Nandita Bose in Washington; Editing by Howard Goller)

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