House makes lynching a federal crime, 65 years after Till

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Sixty-five years after 14-year-old Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi, the House has approved legislation designating lynching as a hate crime under federal law.

The bill, introduced by Illinois Representative Bobby Rush and named after Till, comes 120 years after Congress first considered anti-lynching legislation.

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The House approved the measure, 410-4, on Wednesday. The Senate unanimously passed virtually identical legislation last year.

President Donald Trump is expected to sign the bill once it reaches his desk.

Rush, whose Chicago district includes Till’s former home, said the bill belatedly achieves justice for Till and 4,000 other lynching victims, most African Americans.

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