WHITE PLAINS, NY — Westchester County Executive George Latimer has now retracted a statement he made portraying Andrew Cuomo to Emmett Till based after reporting by Talk of the Sound brought attention to the statement which most found offensive.
…in an earlier version of this post, I referenced an analogy/example of mob justice that was offensive to some; no offense was intended, and I have deleted that reference.
Emmett Louis Till was a 14-year-old African American who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955, after being accused of offending a white woman in her family’s grocery store.
The original statement read:
In our world, no matter how heinous the crime committed, we presume innocence until guilt is proven. That standard, when we adhere to it, protects you and me. And when it is not adhered to, when a mob hangs Emmet Till, the “justice” turns out to be a crime itself.