U.S. lawmakers have passed a bill that would make lynching a federal hate crime, after more than a century of failed attempts to introduce such legislation.
The bill is named after Emmett Till, an African-American teenager whose brutal killing galvanized the US civil rights movement in the 1950s.
The Senate voted unanimously on Monday to pass the bill, which will now be sent to President Joe Biden to be signed into law.
The maximum sentence under the law will be 30 years.
“This is an important step, but that it’s taken so long is a stain on America,” he tweeted.
Till, a 14-year-old from Chicago, was abducted and murdered in August 1955 while visiting relatives in the southern state of Mississippi.
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