Kansas City man urges FBI to reopen civil rights cold cases

Monday, July 13, 2009 | 1:30 p.m. CDT; updated 5:47 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 13, 2009

KANSAS CITY — A Kansas City man is preparing to meet with Attorney General Eric Holder to urge him to reopen cold cases from the civil rights era.

Alvin Sykes is widely credited with being the driving force behind the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act that passed last year. The bill authorizes up to $135 million over 10 years for investigations of civil rights era murders and creates a permanent cold case unit in the Justice Department.

Sykes says he plans to urge Holden to focus more energy on finding witnesses, victims and evidence before it's too late.


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