(Ezekiel Loseke, Headline USA) The family of Malcolm X is suing the CIA, FBI and New York Police Department over their role in X’s assassination following a letter by a former police officer claiming he conspired with the agencies to enable the assassination, and the overturning of the convictions of two men falsely accused of assassinating X.
The family of X released a 2011 letter, written by a dead undercover NYPD officer named Raymond Wood, that alleged the FBI and NYPD were behind the assassination, according to Axios.
In this letter, Wood wrote that he was ordered to ensure that X had no security at the door of the Harlem building where he was scheduled to speak, spoke at and was assassinated by gunmen rushing the stage.
Specifically, Wood said he was ordered to convince X’s two doormen into committing crimes and arresting them days before the assassination, according to the Washington Post.
Wood alleged that these actions were part of a conspiracy by the NYPD and FBI to assassinate X.
In his letter, Wood reported he was hired by the NYPD to infiltrate the civil rights groups “to find evidence of criminal activity, so the F.B.I. could discredit and arrest its leaders.”
The NYPD reported it “has provided all available records relevant to the case to the District Attorney. The Department remains committed to assist with that review in any way.” The FBI refused to comment.
The family waited to release Wood’s letter until his death out of fear of retaliation from the NYPD and FBI.
X’s family is now suing the CIA, FBI, and NYPD over the murder. The daughters of X spoke about the lawsuit, according to Reuters.
“For years, our family has fought for the truth to come to light concerning his murder and we’d like our father to receive the justice that he deserves,” X’s daughter Ilyasah Shabazz said.
The family’s attorney, Ben Crump, also addressed the lawsuit.
“It’s not just about the trigger men, it’s about those who conspired with the trigger men to do this dastardly deed,” he said.
Recent developments in the criminal case of X’s assassination give the lawsuit even more credibility, according to another Reuters article.
The convictions against Muhammad Aziz, 83, and Khalil Islam who died in prison, for assassinating Malcom X were vacated by a New York judge at the request of the
Manhattan district attorney’s office, which reported that law enforcement agencies withheld exonerating evidence during the trial.
One of Malcolm X’s daughters, Ilyasah Shabazz, commented on what she called the “long overdue” overturning of the conviction.
“Full justice will not be served until all parties involved in the orchestrated killing of our father are identified and brought to justice,” she said.
The FBI and CIA have a long history of engaging in the behavior they are accused of by the family of X.
For example, the FBI and CIA trained the primary author of the recent Proud Boys sting. One of the defendants in the Proud Boys trial made the connection clear.
“The most damning document in this trial was authored by the intelligence community—someone ‘groomed’ by the FBI itself.”