A new evidence could force to open the case of the murder of civil rights activist, Malcolm X. His family has received a “new evidence”, a posthumous confession from a police officer implicating the NYPD and the FBI in their murder 56 years ago in the Big Apple, according to local media.
Three daughters of Malcolm X, Qubiliah, Ilyasah and Gamilah Shabazz, accompanied by lawyers, asked this Saturday at a press conference that the authorities reopen the case of the civil rights leader in light of a “new evidence” presented by the relative of a deceased undercover cop named Raymond Wood.
Wood confessed in a letter before his death that the Police (NYPD) and the FBI conspired to “undermine” the civil rights movement, and that their mission was to infiltrate it to encourage its leaders and members to commit crimes, as indicated in a press release his family member, Reggie Wood, and his lawyers.
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 its leaders”, and that “under the direction” of his superiors he encouraged its members to “commit criminal acts”, picks up the NBC channel.
Wood said he was responsible for the arrest of two members of Malcolm X’s security team days before the public address at the Audubon Ballroom, in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, where he was shot and killed on February 21, 1965.
About a year before his murder, Malcolm X had left the Nation of Islam, prompting death threats from community members.
Three men were charged with the crime and sentenced to life imprisonment: Mujahid Abdul Halim (also known as Talmadge Hayer or Thomas Hagan), Muhammad Abdul Aziz (alias Norman 3X Butler) and Khalil Islam (alias Thomas 15X Johnson). Islam passed away in 2009 and the other two are on probation.
“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,” continued the confession, which was read by the family member of Wood, according to channel NY1.
One of Malcolm X’s daughters, Ilyasah Shabazz, said she had lived through decades of uncertainty and 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 and that it had met with representatives of the Innocence Project after a Netflix documentary series raised questions about two 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” and assured that law enforcement agencies “remain committed to assisting with that review in any way.”