Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Letter reveals possible FBI involvement in Malcolm X’s death


Mike Alewitz / Wiimedia

Almost 56 years after Malcolm X was murdered in New York, lawyers and family members of the black nationalist leader and civil rights defender released new evidence that, they claim, shows that the New York Police (NYPD) and the FBI will have been involved in his death.

According to the British newspaper The Guardian, in a posthumously revealed letter, a former undercover New York Police officer claims to have been pressured by more than entice two of Malcolm X’s security guards to commit crimes, a few days before his murder, on February 21, 1965.

The arrests are said to have prevented the two men from managing security at 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, says 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.

“My supervisors told me 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 in the case wrote that “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 the 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 arriving at a pulpit to speak. Days earlier, he had said in an interview that he believed members of the Nation of Islam were trying to kill him. Her home in Queens was attacked 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 Saturday’s press conference 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 Maria Campos, ZAP //



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