U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush

Do you think federal help is needed with the Jelani Day death investigation?

Congressman Bobby Rush has written a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray asking them to step in.  The Democratic politician says it took public outrage before Jelani Day’s body was identified, reminding him of the lynching of Emmett Till whose body was found in a river in 1955 with no one held accountable for his death.  Rush claims the circumstances surrounding Day’s death are

”strikingly similar to past lynchings of Black Americans, both male and female.” 

Rush says too often the police and media response to missing people of color is slow, fleeting and apathetic.  He points to the FBI getting involved with the Gabby Petito case, saying the feds aggressively pursued justice in that instance.

The Democratic politician argues to the Attorney General and FBI director that they do everything in their power to ensure all missing people are given the same level of attention. 

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