The daughters of American civil rights activist Malcolm X, murdered in 1965, have asked New York State justice to reopen the investigation into their father’s murder. They are making this request because there is new evidence that New York police and the federal intelligence agency FBI may have been involved in the murder.
During a press conference, a letter from the now deceased New York police officer Raymond Wood was read, accusing the police and the FBI of being complicit in the murder.
Wood, a black undercover agent, had approached Malcolm X’s entourage at the behest of his superiors. He claims to have ambushed two of Malcolm X’s bodyguards. They were arrested a few days before the murder and were unable to protect him on the day of the assassination attempt.
“Any evidence that provides insight into the truth behind this terrible tragedy must be thoroughly investigated,” said Ilyasah Shabazz, one of Malcolm X’s six daughters, at the press conference.
Born Malcolm Little in 1925, Malcolm X was the face of some radical Muslim organizations fighting for equal rights for black people. He was shot by three men in a theater in New York in 1965. Main suspect Talmadge Hayer confessed to the murder and was detained until 2010.
The New York prosecutor says the new evidence is currently being studied.
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