The daughters of Malcolm X requested, at a press conference held on Saturday, February 20, 2021, the reopening of the investigation into the death of their father. This, after a former New York police officer sent a posthumous letter denouncing the responsibility of the authorities in the death of the black-American activist.
The investigation into the death of Malcolm X is experiencing an unexpected twist. In a letter presented on Saturday, February 20, a police officer posthumously accused the New York police and the FBI of complicity in the murder of the activist. His daughters are calling for the reopening of the investigation into the death of their father, following this new piece added to the file. “Anything that can shed light on the truth about this terrible tragedy should be carefully considered,” said Ilyasah Shabazz, one of Malcolm X’s three daughters. “The case is under review, according to a spokesperson for the Manhattan prosecutor’s office.
According to the account of his cousin, Detective Ray Wood, who was black and was operating undercover, claims to have approached his hierarchy of Malcolm X’s entourage and framed two of his bodyguards, They were arrested just a few days before the activist was murdered. The former police officer claims that the New York police and the FBI kept certain aspects of the case secret. The police, however, said they had handed over all the important documents. As for the FBI, it did not want to comment on these new revelations.
Malcolm X was assassinated on February 21, 1965, only seconds after delivering a speech at the Audubon, a ballroom in the Washington Heights neighbourhood. With security weakened by the arrest of his two bodyguards, three men burst into the room and opened fire, killing Malcolm X instantly. However, the activist told a journalist a few days before his assassination that he was being tried for his life. He suspected the members of the Nation of Islam, the political-religious organization of the African-American Muslim community, of which he was the spokesperson, of being behind the coup. His home in Queens had been attacked with incendiary bombs a week before his death.