February 22, 2021 10:54 AM | With information from EFE
15 minutes. The family of civil rights activist Malcolm X disclosed that they have received “new evidence” of the murder, which occurred 56 years ago in the Big Apple. It is a posthumous confession by a police officer implicating the New York Police and the FBI in the crime, local media reported.
Three daughters of Malcolm X, Qubiliah, Ilyasah and Gamilah Shabazz, accompanied by lawyers, They asked this Saturday at a press conference that the authorities reopen the case from the civil rights leader. Specifically, in light of a “new evidence” presented by the relative of a deceased undercover police officer, named Raymond Wood.
Wood confessed in a letter before he died that the Police (NYPD) and the FBI they conspired to “undermine” the civil rights movement. His mission was to infiltrate to encourage its leaders and members to commit crimes, his family member, Reggie Wood, and his lawyers said in a press release.
In the letter, signed in 2011, the deceased police officer explained that he had to infiltrate the movement “to find evidence of criminal activity and that the FBI could discredit and arrest their leaders“In addition,” under the direction “of his superiors, he encouraged his members to” commit criminal acts, “the channel reported. NBC.
Wood said that was responsible for the arrest of 2 members of Malcolm X’s security team days before the public speech at the Audubon Ballroom, in the Washington Heights neighborhood (Manhattan). There he was shot dead on February 21, 1965.
About a year before his assassination, Malcolm X left the Nation of Islam. This prompted death threats from members of the community.
Three men were charged with the crime and sentenced to life imprisonment. Namely: Mujahid Abdul Halim (aka Talmadge Hayer or Thomas Hagan), Muhammad Abdul Aziz (aka Norman 3X Butler), and Khalil Islam (aka Thomas 15X Johnson). Islam passed away in 2009 and the others are on parole.
“I participated in actions that in retrospect were deplorable and detrimental to the advancement of my own black people. My actions on behalf of the New York Police Department were done under duress and fear. ”So continues the confession, which Wood’s relative read, according to the channel NY1.
One of Malcolm X’s daughters, Ilyasah Shabazz, said she had lived through decades of uncertainty. He stated that “any evidence that further informs the truth after that terrible tragedy should be thoroughly investigated.”
The Manhattan prosecution said in February 2020 that it was reviewing the Malcolm X case. It also assured that it had met with representatives of the Innocence Project. Specific, after a Netflix documentary series raised questions about 2 of the men convicted in the case.
In a statement released to the media this Saturday, the NYPD said it has “provided all available records relevant to that case to the district attorney.” Likewise, he affirmed that the security forces “remain committed to assisting with this review in any way.”