Thompson seeks AG probe in Sumner
U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson has officially requested that the U.S. attorney general to investigate an incident in which residents of Sumner conducted a search for a burglary suspect.
The suspect, William Pittman, was charged Aug. 20 with breaking and entering a home in Sumner. He was released on bond the same day.
There's no indication Pittman was injured.
The FBI has also said it’s looking into the incident.
"I have asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the vigilante type activities that occurred in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, last Thursday," Thompson announced today in a news release.
“Unauthorized people with guns, terrorizing citizens of this area has no place in civilized society.
“The fact that this community still (bears) the stains of racial tensions and is the area that Emmett Till was murdered weighs heavy on the conscience and fears of this community.”
Till, a Chicago teen who was visiting relatives in the area, was lynched in 1955.
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