In February 2007, the FBI and the Department of Justice announced that they would "do everything we can" to prosecute Civil Rights-era hate crimes. The Civil Rights-Era Cold Case Initiative was an attempt to put federal dollars and manpower into closing unsolved murder cases. However, these crimes are more than 40 years old. Few of the cases have been solved and key suspects are dying.
We speak with Shaila Dewan, national correspondent for The New York Times, and Benjamin Greenberg, an investigative reporter for the Civil Rights Cold Case Project. We talk about the initiative and consider why so few of the cases are being pursued.