Though they seem to dominate the headlines these days, killings where the victim’s civil rights were trampled are not a new phenomenon. And many of those older crimes have gone unresolved, decades after the broken bodies were laid to rest. But the Cold Case Justice Initiative (CCJI) has not forgotten.
The Syracuse University-run program investigates civil rights-related murders committed between 1946 and 1969, per the 2008 Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act, which provides $10 million a year for the Department of Justice, the FBI and its partners to investigate unsolved racially motivated killings.
As Fusion reports, while working with the CCJI this summer, Mississippi College School of Law student Larrissa Moore realized two things: One: There are uncanny similarities between the cold cases she was reviewing and the cases making headlines today. And two: Many of the officers had ties to white supremacist groups like the KKK.
Learn more about what she uncovered in the video above.