Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Malcolm X family demands reopening of investigation into his murder


A Manhattan prosecutor said she is “reviewing” the file. At a press conference on Saturday, a written letter was presented from a former New York police officer who has since passed away. He accuses law enforcement, the NYPD and the FBI, of complicity in the murder of Malcolm X.

According to the nephew of the former black undercover agent, he approached Malcolm X’s entourage at the request of his hierarchy. He is said to have ambushed two of his bodyguards to commit crimes, with the result that they were arrested a few days before the murder. .

So on February 21, 1965, day after day 55 years ago, Malcolm X had to do without those two men as he descended to the Audubon Ballroom, a venue in north Manhattan for a speech. Malcolm X, whose real name was El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, was shot by three gunmen. The former police officer, who insisted that his testimony was not made public until after his death, said the NYPD and the FBI were keeping some elements of the investigation secret.

In February 2020, after the broadcast of the documentary ‘Who killed Malcolm X?’ on Netflix, Manhattan attorney Cyrus Vance has already asked his teams to review the file. They had to consider whether or not the investigation should be reopened.

New York police responded on Sunday that they gave “all the records on this case” to the attorney. The NYPD “remains available to contribute in any way to the investigation.” The FBI declined to comment.

“Any element that allows us to better understand the truth about this terrible tragedy should be carefully examined,” said Ilyasah Shabazz, one of Malcolm X’s three daughters, who attended the press conference.



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