Professor Paula Johnson on Unresolved Civil Rights-era Killings: “There wasn’t a Commitment to Solving the Cases.”

Professor Paula Johnson, Director of the Cold Case Justice Initiative, spoke with Bloomberg Law News for the article “Civil Rights Era Killings Draw New Scrutiny, Scant Prosecutions.” Johnson, who studies racially motivated killings of the Civil Rights era, summarizes that the lack of justice for victims and their families is that “there wasn’t a commitment to solving the cases.”

“That’s why we’re still talking about racially motivated killings of the civil rights era because they

didn’t get the full treatment they should have gotten,” she said. “As each year and each decade goes by, that becomes more and more difficult.”

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