Family Member Of Emmett Till Files Lawsuit, Demanding The Arrest Of Carolyn Donham


A relative of Emmett Till filed a federal lawsuit this week, requesting that Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks issue an arrest warrant from 1955 on Carolyn Bryant Donham for her part in the killing of Till.

Last year, an unserved 1955 arrest warrant was discovered for Bryant at the Leflore County courthouse.

Till, a 14-year-old child from Chicago, had been visiting relatives in Mississippi when he had an encounter with Carolyn Bryant, who was 20 at the time. There have been several reports, but many people stated that Emmett whistled at Bryant (now Donham) at the store she owned with her husband, in Money, Mississippi.

After that, her husband, Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, kidnapped Till from his bed and made him enter the back of a truck. Till was then beaten, shot in the head, and his body was thrown in the Tallahatchie River. They were both found not guilty of murder after the trial where Carolyn Bryant testified that Emmett grabbed and verbally threatened her.

In 2007,a Mississippi grand jury declined to indict Donham on any counts.

“It was Carolyn Bryant’s lie that sent Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam into a rage, which resulted in the mutilation of Emmett Till’s body into an unrecognizable condition,” the new lawsuit says.

“The Leflore County Sheriff is complicit in the trio’s escape from justice even though both Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam admitted to the crime,” it added.

“To this day, the warrant issued for Carolyn Bryant remains unserved. Carolyn Bryant’s whereabouts are unknown. This action is being brought in order to compel the Leflore County Sheriff to serve the warrant upon Carolyn Bryant,” it stated.



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