Thursday, February 25, 2021

United States – Malcolm X’s family want the investigation to be reopened


Testimony would shed light on the role played by the police and the FBI in the death of activist Malcolm X, who was shot 55 years ago. His family asks that the investigation take this into account.

The daughters of African-American activist Malcolm X have called for the investigation into his murder to be reopened in light of new testimony implicating New York police and the FBI. Contacted by AFP on Sunday, a spokesperson for the Manhattan prosecutor indicated that the “examination” of the file was “in progress”.

During a press briefing was presented a letter written by a former New York police officer, now deceased, who accuses the police, New York police and FBI, of complicity in the murder.

According to his cousin, the officer, who was black and operated undercover, claims to have approached, at the request of his hierarchy, the entourage of Malcolm X and to have trapped two of his bodyguards, arrested only a few days before the assassination.

55 years to the day

On February 21, 1965, 55 years ago to the day, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, whose real name was, was therefore deprived of these two men when he appeared for an address in the Audubon Ballroom, a performance hall in upper Manhattan, before falling under the bullets of three shooters.

More generally, the former police officer, who wanted his testimony to become public only after his death, maintains that the New York Police (NYPD) and the FBI have kept certain aspects of the case secret.

“Terrible tragedy”

In February 2020, after the broadcast of a documentary on Netflix (“Who Killed Malcolm X?”), Manhattan prosecutor Cyrus Vance asked his teams to review the case to determine whether or not the investigation should be reopened. .

Solicited by AFP on Sunday, the New York police said they had communicated to the prosecutor’s office “all the archives related to this case”. The NYPD “stands ready to contribute to this review in any way.” Contacted by AFP, the FBI office in New York did not respond.

“Anything that sheds more light on the truth about this terrible tragedy should be carefully considered,” said Ilyasah Shabazz, one of Malcolm X’s three daughters at the press briefing, of the six he has had. with his wife Betty.

AFP



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