“My assignment was to get these two men involved in a serious federal crime so that they were arrested by the FBI and removed from Malcolm X’s security on February 21, 1965. I didn’t know at the time that Malcolm X was the target, ”Wood wrote.
The former police officer wrote that he received threats from colleagues if he did not follow orders. When he tried to resign, he was threatened that he would be charged with drug dealing. In this regard, he gave a letter of confession to his cousin and asked that this information be kept until his death.
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New York City Police spokeswoman Jessica Macro said the police had provided “all available records relevant to this case” to the district attorney’s office, the station noted.
The FBI did not respond to ABC News’ request for comment.
Malcolm X was one of the leaders of the Black Muslims organization, and then, having disagreed with other leaders, he founded his own organization, the Organization of African American Unity.
On February 21, 1965, X was preparing to perform for the organization at the Audubon Ballroom in Manhattan. About 400 people gathered in the room. Suddenly, someone from the audience shouted an insult towards African Americans. As X and his bodyguards tried to calm the audience, the man in the front row shot X in the chest. After that, two more men shot him several times, he died in hospital.
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