Malcolm X’s family disclosed a letter allegedly written by a deceased police officer claiming that the New York Police Department (NYPD) and FBI were behind the 1965 assassination.
According to NYPD officer Raymond Wood allegedly said in the letter that he was ordered to infiltrate the civil rights movement and had members of Malcolm X’s security detail arrested before the assassination.
“Under the direction of my handlers. I was told to encourage leaders and members of the civil rights groups to commit felonious acts,” said Wood in the letter.
Because his security detail was arrested. Malcolm X was eventually killed on Feb. 21, 1965, by assassins identified as members of the Nation of Islam.
“I participated in actions that in hindsight were deplorable and detrimental to the advancement of my own Black people. My actions on behalf of the New York City Police Department were done under duress and fear,” read Wood’s cousin, Reggie who was post-humously authorized to disclose the letter.
Aside from the disclosure of the letter, Malcolm X’s daughters Qubiliah, Ilyasah, and Gamilah Shabazz said they were demanding to re-open the case in light of the letter’s disclosure.
“Any evidence that provides greater insight into the truth behind that terrible tragedy should be thoroughly investigated,” said Ilyasah.