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Emmett Till Family Member's No True Bill Official Statement
By: Emmett Till Legacy Foundation
Deborah Watts, Emmett Till's cousin, co-founder of the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation (ETLF) and one of the justice seeking family members, released the following official statement after a grand jury in Mississippi failed to charge Mrs. Carolyn Bryant Donham for her role in the 1955 kidnapping and lynching of Emmett Louis Till.
"The state of Mississippi has once again turned its back on Emmett Till, Mamie Till Mobley, me and my family.
This gut wrenching and disappointing outcome certainly feels preordained given the sequence of events that have taken place. After indicating in March 2022, that there was nothing further that could be, or would be done in the unsolved and unresolved case. After also deferring to the Department of Justice December 6, 2021, report and investigation while never assuring us that they would pursue this case without additional evidence, unwilling to conduct its own independent state investigation or do anything further in the fight for justice for my dear cousin, Emmett.
It is evident that the outstanding warrant was not ever intended to be served in 1955, and obviously not intended to be served in 2022. While we respect the law and the judicial process, the prosecutor moved forward with a Grand Jury without one of the most important steps being carried out.
This is a missed opportunity to break the cycle of protection that has been afforded to white women, specifically to Carolyn Holloway Bryant Donham, Mrs. Roy Bryant, the last living known accomplice, who has been allowed to escape full accountability and judicial judgement in this case. No family should ever have to endure this pain and injustice for this long.
As a promise to our beloved cousin, an American Hero, Mamie Till Mobley, we must not stop seeking justice and accountability for her son. And with respect and dignity, not just with words but with action, without hatred, malice or vengeance…We vow that the pursuit of accountability and Justice For Emmett Till will continue."
-Deborah Watts; Cousin of Emmett Till
co-founder Emmett Till Legacy Foundation
Available for interviews.
Teri Watts email@example.com
Scott McDowell Scottmcdowellny@
Emmett Till Legacy Foundation
Justice For Emmett Till Petition
Teri Watts and Scott McDowell