SUNY College Police Investigating Racial Posting

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by Associated Press

NEW PALTZ N.Y.—Campus police at an upstate New York college are investigating a “racially offensive posting” in a campus residence hall.

SUNY New Paltz police Chief David Dugatkin tells the Times Herald-Record of Middletown ( http://bit.ly/1iejmrr) the posting was photographed by a student who then posted it on Facebook. The posting is believed to be “Emmitt Till deserved to die.”

Till was an African-American teen who allegedly flirted with a white store clerk in Mississippi in 1955. He was kidnapped days later, tortured and shot in the head. Two white men were subsequently tried for his murder but were acquitted by an all-white jury.

Till’s death was a galvanizing event in the early days of the civil rights movement.

Dugatkin also investigated the posting of racist signs two years ago at the school.

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