The University of Mississippi has asked the FBI to investigate three students posing with weapons at a civil rights landmark reminiscent of the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, showing three white men standing near the marker on the Tallahatchie River posing where Let's body was pulled out of the water. One man holds a rifle and another an attacking weapon, and the shield is littered with bullet holes.
Emmett Till was a 14-year-old black Chicago boy who visited relatives in Mississippi when he was kidnapped and killed by two white men for allegedly whistling at a white woman in a case that caught the nation's attention to lynching in the country South steered.
A Mississippi University spokesperson said the campus police had reported the image to the FBI, who refused the investigation because the photograph was not an immediate threat showed. The FBI office in Jackson declined to comment. Local media reports that the US attorney referred the matter to the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice.
Ole Miss spokesman called the image offensive, but said it did not violate the school's Code of Conduct. The students were suspended by their brotherhood, the Kappa Alpha Order, an organization that glorifies the south of the Confederacy.
Till monuments were destroyed several times.