The family of assassinated US black civil rights leader Malcolm X wants his the murder investigations be reopened.
The late Malcolm X’s daughters have requested to reopen the case in light of new evidence alleging New York Police and FBI conspired in the 1965 killing.
“Any evidence that provides greatest insight into the truth behind that terrible tragedy should be thoroughly investigated,” says Malcom X’s daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz.
The family has made public a letter authored by a deceased police officer alleging that the police department and Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) were behind Malcom X killing.
This is happening months after the docuseries ‘Who killed Malcolm X’ was released on Netflix on 7 February 2020.
Malcolm X was gunned down in public in New York. This preceded death threats from the Nation of Islam who claimed that he had opposed the Honorable Elijah Muhammad thus ‘jeopardising’ his life.
On February 8, 1964 the FBI recorded a conversation where Betty Shabazz, (Malcom X’s wife) was told that her husband was “as good as dead”. Two days before he was killed, Malcolm X told interviewer Gordon’s Parks that the Nation of Islam intended to kill him.
Malcom X was a spokesperson of the Nation of Islam- an African-American Muslim group that supported Black separatism.
After more than a decade with the movement, Malcom X became disappointed and publicly broke ties with it in 1964.
He was assassinated On February 21, 1965 by three men who were members of the Nation of Islam. All of them were arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment. They were, however, paroled.
The docuseries ‘Who killed Malcolm X’ triggered a new review of the murder by the office of the Manhattan District Attorney.