(New York) The daughters of African-American activist Malcolm X called for reopening the investigation into his murder in light of new testimony involving the New York Police and the FBI.
In a call with Agence France-Presse on Sunday, a spokesman for the Manhattan attorney general indicated that the “examination” of the file was “underway.”
During a press conference a letter was presented by a former New York police officer, now deceased, accusing police, New York Police and the FBI of complicity in the murder.
According to his cousin, the officer, who was black and worked undercover, claims to have approached, at the behest of the hierarchy, Malcolm X’s entourage and detained two of his bodyguards, a few days before the assassination.
On February 21, 1965, 55 years before that day, Haji Malek Al-Shabazz, whose real name was, was deprived of these two men when he appeared for an address in Audubon Hall, an auditorium in Upper Manhattan. Before falling under the bullets of three archers.
More generally, the former police officer, who wanted his testimony to be made public only after his death, asserts that the New York Police (NYPD) and the FBI (FBI) kept some aspects of the case secret.
In February 2020, after a documentary aired on Netflix (Who Killed Malcolm X?), Manhattan Attorney General Cyrus Vance asked his teams to review the case to determine whether or not the investigation should reopen.
In response to a question by Agence France-Presse on Sunday, the New York Police Department said it had informed the Attorney General’s office “of all the archives related to this case.” The NYPD is “prepared to contribute to this review in any way.”
AFP called the FBI in New York and did not respond.
“Anything that sheds light on the reality of this terrible tragedy must be carefully taken into account,” commented Elisa Shabazz, one of McColm X’s three daughters, present at the press conference.