The daughters of American civil rights activist Malcolm X, who was murdered in 1965, have appealed to the New York State courts to reopen the investigation into their father’s murder. They are making this request because there is new evidence that New York Police and the Federal Intelligence Agency FBI may have been involved in the murder.
At a press conference, a letter from the now deceased New York police officer Raymond Wood was read, accusing the police and the FBI of being complicit in the murder.
Wood, a black undercover agent, had approached Malcolm X’s entourage at the behest of his superiors. He claims to have ambushed two of Malcolm X’s bodyguards. They were arrested days before the murder and were unable to protect him on the day of the assassination attempt.
“Any evidence that offers a glimpse of the truth behind this terrible tragedy must be fully investigated,” Ilyasah Shabazz, one of Malcolm X’s six daughters, said at the press conference.
Born Malcolm Little in 1925, Malcolm X was the face of some radical Muslim organizations fighting for equal rights for blacks. He was shot dead by three men in a New York theater in 1965. The prime suspect Talmadge Hayer confessed to the murder and was held until 2010.
The New York prosecutor says new evidence is currently under review.