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Police officer’s posthumous letter could revive Malcolm X death investigation

Malcolm X’s family demand that the investigation into his murder be reopened after a posthumous letter from a police officer, involving New York Police and the FBI, describes how the activist’s protection was reduced to facilitate an attack.

The daughters of African-American activist Malcolm X have called for the investigation into his murder to be reopened in light of new testimony implicating New York police and the FBI.

Contacted on February 21 by AFP, a spokesperson for the Manhattan prosecutor said that the examination of the file was “in progress”. During a press briefing was presented a letter written by a former New York police officer, now deceased, who accuses law enforcement, New York police and FBI, of complicity in the murder of Malcolm X .

According to his cousin, the black policeman who operated undercover claims to have approached, at the request of his hierarchy, the entourage of Malcolm X and to have trapped two of his bodyguards, arrested just a few days before the assassination. On February 21, 1965, 55 years ago, Malcolm X was therefore deprived of the presence of these two men when he appeared for an address in the Audubon Ballroom, a performance hall in upper Manhattan, before falling under the bullets of three shooters.

The former police officer who wrote the letter, who wanted his testimony not to become public until after his death, maintains that the New York Police (NYPD) and the FBI have kept certain aspects of the case secret.

In February 2020, after the broadcast of a documentary on Netflix entitled “Who Killed Malcolm X?Manhattan prosecutor Cyrus Vance asked his teams to review the case to determine whether or not the investigation should be reopened.

Asked by AFP, the New York police said they had communicated to the prosecutor’s office “all the archives related to this case”. The NYPD “stands ready to contribute to this investigation in any way.”

Contacted by AFP, the FBI office in New York did not respond. “Anything that would shed more light on the truth about this terrible tragedy should be carefully considered,” said Ilyasah Shabazz, one of Malcolm X’s three daughters at the press briefing.