Almost 56 years after Malcolm X was murdered in New York, lawyers and members of the civil rights family and the black nationalist leader have released new evidence that they claim shows that the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and the FBI have been involved in his death.
According to the British newspaper The Guardian, a deathbed letter attributed to a disguised ex-New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer who claimed to have been pressured by supervisors to attract two of Malcolm X’s security guards committing crimes, a few days before the murder on February 21, 1965.
The arrests have prevented the two men from managing security at the doors of the Audubon Ballroom, in Washington Heights on the day of the shooting that killed Malcolm X.
The former policeman, who wanted his testimony to be made public only after his death, claims that the NYPD and the FBI kept certain aspects of the case a secret.
The letter, written by Raymond Wood, was authorized for posthumous release by a cousin and was read on Saturday at a press conference attended by three daughters of Malcolm X and members of Wood’s family. No details were given about the circumstances and the timing of Wood’s death.
“Under the direction of my manipulators, I was told to encourage leaders and members of civil rights groups to commit criminal acts”, But-se na carta.
Last year, the murder was the subject of a six-part Netflix documentary, “Who Killed Malcolm X?”, Which reviewed old questions about whether two of the three men convicted of the crime were innocent. In 2011, a NYPD detective involved wrote: “The investigation was sloppy.”
The documentary led Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr to review the convictions in the case. After Saturday’s press conference, Vance’s office said that the review was “active and ongoing”.
In a separate statement, the NYPD said it “provided all available records relevant to that case” to Vance and “remains committed to helping with this review in any way”. The FBI made no comment.
Malcolm X was shot seconds after stepping on a podium to speak. Days earlier, he had told an interviewer that he believed that members of the Nation of Islam were trying to kill him. Her home in Queens was bombed a week before he was killed.
Malcolm X was being watched by the FBI at the time.
One of his daughters, Ilyasah Shabazz, said at the news conference on Saturday that he lived with decades of uncertainty. “Any evidence that provides a greater understanding of the truth behind this terrible tragedy must be investigated thoroughly,” he said.
Maria Campos, ZAP //