The three daughters of Malcolm X joined civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump on Saturday to disclose what they are saying is proof that proves the NYPD and the FBI conspired to have him assassinated.
The civil rights activist and outstanding determine within the Nation of Islam was killed on the Audubon Ballroom in Manhattan in February 1965.
The members of the family and Crump mentioned the allegations had been in a deathbed letter by a former police officer, Raymond Wooden.
Within the January 25, 2011 letter Wooden, who was on responsibility on the day of Malcolm X’s died, mentioned he “participated in actions that in hindsight had been deplorable and detrimental to the development of my very own black individuals.”
“Beneath the course of my handlers, I used to be informed to encourage leaders and members of the civil rights teams to commit felonious acts,” Wooden mentioned within the letter.
Wooden acknowledged he was coerced by his NYPD supervisors to entice members of Malcolm X’s safety element into committing crimes that resulted of their arrest days earlier than the lethal capturing.
“It was my task to attract the 2 males right into a felonious federal crime in order that they could possibly be arrested by the FBI and avoided managing Malcolm X’s door safety on February 21, 1965,” Wooden wrote. “At the moment, I used to be not conscious that Malcolm X was the goal.”
These arrests had been part of conspiracy between the NYPD and FBI to have Malcolm X killed, in line with the letter.
Malcolm X was a human rights activist and outstanding Black nationalist chief who served as a spokesman for the Nation of Islam, an African-American Muslim group that embraced Black separatism, throughout the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties. A talented orator, Malcolm X inspired Black individuals to struggle in opposition to racism by any means needed.
The civil rights chief broke with the Nation of Islam shortly earlier than his assassination on the ballroom, the place he was getting ready to handle the Group of Afro-American Unity. Three members of the Nation of Islam had been convicted within the capturing.
The workplace of Manhattan District Lawyer Cy Vance began reviewing the convictions final yr.
After Saturday’s information convention, Vance’s workplace launched an announcement saying its “overview of this matter is energetic and ongoing.” The NYPD additionally offered an announcement saying it has “offered all obtainable data related to that case to the District Lawyer” and “stays dedicated to help with that overview in any approach.”
Malcolm X’s daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, mentioned she has all the time had uncertainty with regard to her father’s dying.
“Any proof that gives larger perception into the reality behind that horrible tragedy ought to be totally investigated,” she mentioned on the information convention.