United States President Joe Biden has signed into law the first federal legislation that makes lynching a federal hate crime in the country after civil rights groups pushed for such a measure for more than a century. Al Jazeera reports that the legislation, named after 14-year-old Emmett Till, who was brutally murdered in a racist attack in Mississippi in 1955, will give authorities more tools prosecute hate crimes as a “lynching” when a conspiracy results in death or serious bodily injury. It provides for a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and fines.