Deathbed Confession Of Former NYPD Officer Raises New Questions About Assassination Of Malcolm X


Civil rights attorneys and Malcolm X’s daughters revealed on Saturday new proof that they mentioned signifies the NYPD and FBI conspired within the assassination of the civil rights activist in Harlem 56 years in the past thus far.

In a letter written on his dying mattress, former undercover police officer Ray Wooden confessed that he was tasked with infiltrating civil rights organizations and guaranteeing that Malcolm X’s safety guards have been arrested days previous to the activist’s assassination.

“My job was to infiltrate civil rights organizations all through New York Metropolis, to search out proof of felony exercise, so the FBI might discredit and arrest its leaders,” Wooden wrote in a letter dated January twenty fifth, 2011. “Underneath the discretion of my handlers I used to be informed to encourage leaders and members of civil rights teams to commit felonious acts.”

Wooden admitted within the letter to intentionally pressuring Malcolm X’s two safety guards to plot to bomb the Statue of Liberty with a purpose to get them arrested. In 1965, one of many defendants, Walter Bowe, testified the plot was Wooden’s thought, in response to a NY Occasions report on the time. Bowe and Khaleel Sayyed have been “key gamers in Malcolm X’s crowd management safety element,” Wooden wrote. The 2 have been arrested by the FBI days earlier than Malcolm X was assassinated on the Audubon Ballroom on February twenty first, 1965. Their arrest saved them from operating safety on the ballroom.

“Thomas Johnson was later arrested and wrongfully convicted to guard my cowl and the secrets and techniques of the FBI and NYPD,” Wooden wrote. Johnson, also referred to as Khalil Islam and beforehand, Thomas 15X Johnson, spent greater than twenty years in jail and maintained innocence till he died in 2009.

Within the letter, Wooden says he tried to resign, however was threatened with arrest for marijuana and alcohol trafficking if he didn’t full his assignments.

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The letter was revealed at a press convention on Saturday with Malcolm X’s three daughters, Qubiliah Shabazz, Ilyasah Shabazz and Gamilah Shabazz; civil rights attorneys Ben Crump, Ray Hamlin, and Paul Napoli; and Wooden’s cousin, Reggie Wooden.

Throughout the press convention, Wooden mentioned his cousin felt “pressured to betray his folks.”

“This letter helps me to grasp the ache and guilt that Ray felt for the final 55 years,” the youthful Wooden mentioned. “He needed the world to know that he’s deeply sorry. I hope that this data helps the Shabazz household to extra clearly perceive what occurred to their father on that horrible day.”

Ilyasah Shabazz, considered one of Malcolm X’s daughters, mentioned any proof ought to be investigated.

“There has all the time been uncertainty about all the info surrounding the assassination of my and my 5 sisters’ father,” Shabazz mentioned. “Any proof that gives larger perception into the reality behind that horrible tragedy ought to be completely investigated.”

Final 12 months, Manhattan District Legal professional Cy Vance’s workplace was conducting a preliminary assessment that would result in potential investigative steps after Netflix aired a documentary reviewing proof of the assassination. The documentary checked out proof that Johnson and Norman 3X Butler, who’s now Muhammad Abdul Aziz, have been harmless. Aziz, now 81, maintains his innocence.

DA Vance’s spokesperson Danny Frost mentioned Sunday that the district legal professional’s “assessment of this matter is lively and ongoing.”

A spokesperson for the NYPD, Detective Denise Moroney, mentioned in an announcement: “A number of months in the past, the Manhattan District Legal professional initiated a assessment of the investigation and prosecution that resulted in two convictions for the homicide of Malcom X. The NYPD has supplied all obtainable data related to that case to the District Legal professional. The Division stays dedicated to help with that assessment in any manner.”

The FBI didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.