FBI Civil Rights Unit Seeks Information On Cold Cases of Civil Rights Era

Special Agent Cynthia Deitle describes the FBI Civil Rights Unit’s efforts to reach relatives of victims killed during the civil rights era.
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The FBI is seeking to find family members of 33 people slain during the civil rights movement.

After two-and-a-half years of exhaustive investigation into more than 100 civil rights-era cold cases, the FBI has announced the next phase of its Cold Case Initiative.

“We’re looking for the next-of-kin in 33 cases to let families know what happened to their loved ones and to possibly obtain additional investigative information,” a bureau spokesperson said today.
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This is good news. Thankfully, with a new president there has finally been some real action. I would like to see this list expanded, however. I think when the first list was put together it was done too quickly and some important cases might have been left off. Right now, the FBI is looking at racially charged cases prior to 1969. But it’s still good news.

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Also happening today, Burr Oak Cemetery opened on a limited basis on Thursday, allowing family members distraught since July, when grave workers were arrested for allegedly reselling plots and dismembering human bodies, to visit their loved ones for the first time.

Only 11 sections of the cemetery were opened to the public, following a systematic re-opening on a daily basis until all 45 sections of the cemetery have been opened on Nov. 25. Drive-in and walk-in traffic is prohibited until the entire graveyard opens on Nov. 27; visitors until then have to board a bus at the Burr Oak Cemetery Transportation Center along Cicero Avenue.

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