Members of Malcolm X’s family have made public what they described as a letter written by a deceased police officer stating that the New York Police Department and FBI were behind the 1965 killing of the famed Black activist and civil rights advocate, reports Reuters. He was killed at New York’s Audubon Ballroom while preparing to deliver a speech. Three members of the Nation of Islam were convicted in the shooting. The letter released at a news conference on Saturday was attributed to a former undercover NYPD officer named Raymond Wood, who wrote that he had been pressured by his NYPD supervisors to lure two members of Malcolm X’s security detail into committing crimes that resulted in their arrest just days before the fatal shooting.
Those arrests kept the two men from managing door security at the ballroom and was part of a conspiracy between the NYPD and FBI to have Malcolm killed, according to the letter. Following Saturday’s news conference, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s office released a statement saying its “review of this matter is active and ongoing.” The NYPD said in a separate statement it has “provided all available records relevant to that case to the District Attorney” and “remains committed to assist with that review in any way.” The FBI declined to comment on the matter.