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Malcolm X’s family releases letter alleging FBI, police role in his death

Members of Malcolm X’s household have made public what they described as a letter written by a deceased police officer stating that the New York Police Division and FBI had been behind the 1965 killing of the famed Black activist and civil rights advocate.

Malcolm X was a strong orator who rose to prominence because the nationwide spokesman of the Nation of Islam, an African-American Muslim group that espoused Black separatism. He spent greater than a decade with the group earlier than changing into disillusioned and publicly breaking with it in 1964. He moderated a few of his earlier views on the advantages of racial separation.

He was killed at New York’s Audubon Ballroom whereas getting ready to ship a speech. Three members of the Nation of Islam had been convicted within the taking pictures.

The letter launched at a news convention on Saturday was attributed to a former undercover NYPD officer named Raymond Wooden. His cousin Reggie Wooden joined a few of Malcolm X’s daughters on the news convention on the web site the place the Audubon Ballroom as soon as stood to make the letter public.

Raymond Wooden’s letter acknowledged that he had been pressured by his NYPD supervisors to lure two members of Malcolm X’s safety element into committing crimes that resulted of their arrest simply days earlier than the deadly taking pictures. These arrests stored the 2 males from managing door safety on the ballroom and was a part of conspiracy between the NYPD and FBI to have Malcolm killed, in response to the letter.

“Below the path of my handlers, I used to be instructed to encourage leaders and members of the civil rights teams to commit felonious acts,” Wooden’s letter acknowledged.

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Some historians and students have contended that the fallacious males had been convicted. The workplace of Manhattan District Lawyer Cy Vance final 12 months mentioned it could assessment the convictions within the case.

Following Saturday’s news convention, Vance’s workplace launched an announcement saying its “assessment of this matter is energetic and ongoing.” The NYPD mentioned in a separate assertion it has “offered all out there data related to that case to the District Lawyer” and “stays dedicated to help with that assessment in any approach.”

The FBI declined to touch upon the matter.

Malcolm X’s daughter Ilyasah Shabazz mentioned she had all the time lived with uncertainty across the circumstances of her father’s demise.

“Any proof that gives larger perception into the reality behind that horrible tragedy must be totally investigated,” she instructed the news convention.

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