Although his death took place in New York City more than 50 years ago, speculation still exists as to who was involved in the Malcom X murder.
According to ABC News, a recent letter from a law enforcement officer implied that the New York Police Department (NYPD) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were involved in the assassination of the civil rights leader who was murdered in the Audubon Ballroom on February 21. 1965.
Former police officer Ray Wood, who was undercover on the day Malcolm X was killed, wrote a letter on January 25, 2011 stating that he had “taken part in actions that were, with hindsight, regrettable and for the progress were damaging by my own blacks. “
According to reports from NBC New York, Reggie Wood, Ray’s cousin, released the letter after Ray asked for it to be released after his death. Ray died in November 2020.
“My job was to infiltrate civil rights organizations across New York City to find evidence of criminal activity so that the FBI could discredit and arrest its leaders,” Wood wrote in the letter. “Under the guidance of my handlers, I was told to encourage leaders and members of civil rights groups to commit crimes.”
It is the anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X. This is the deathbed confession that former NYPD undercover Ray Wood passed on to the family and which has now been released. Pic.twitter.com/cBOizVWSRJ
– Hari Kunzru (@harikunzru) February 21, 2021
On Monday, the FBI published a statement on the letter via Twitter.
“The FBI’s New York branch is aware of recent news coverage of the circumstances surrounding Malcolm X’s death. For the past few months we have been working with the Manhattan Attorney’s Office to assist in the review of the matter and to provide relevant documents from FBI holdings. The FBI today represents the noble pursuit of justice, and we will continue to support the review in every possible way. “
ADIC Sweeney’s statement on recent public relations related to the death of Malcolm X:
“Today’s FBI represents the noble pursuit of justice, and we will continue to support the Manhattan District Attorney’s review in any way we can.”
Full explanation at pic.twitter.com/xd4w1kf5u9
– FBI New York (@NewYorkFBI) February 22, 2021
Last February, BLACK ENTERPRISE reported that fafter the premiere of Who Killed Malcolm X? a new documentary about Netflix, the Manhattan prosecutors said they were ready to re-investigate the murder Innocence project.