FILE-Young Emmett Till wears a hat. Chicago native Emmett Till was brutally murdered in Mississippi after flirting with a white woman. (Getty Images) WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden is expected to sign into law the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act on Tuesday afternoon.
The bill will be the first to specify lynching as a hate crime. Biden and vice president Kamala Harris are scheduled to deliver remarks at 4 p.m.
ET after the bill’s singing.A 2020 version of the bill set the maximum sentence for lynching at 10 years. The bill Biden will sign Tuesday comes with 30 years in prison and fines for anyone conspiring to commit an act of lynching that causes death or injury.On March 7, Congress gave final approval to the bill which allows the prosecution of crimes as lynchings if they are done during a hate crime in which the victim is injured or slain.The House unanimously approved the bill and the Senate passed it by unanimous consent.
Illinois Democratic Rep. Bobby Rush introduced this version of the bill in January 2021. He introduced a similar measure in January 2019 which was passed by the House but blocked by the Senate.