New evidence in Malcolm X assassination points to possible conspiracy

Fifty-six years after the death of Malcolm X, lawyers revealed what they called new evidence of a conspiracy, perpetrated by the NYPD and the FBI to assassinate the Civil Rights activist in Harlem.

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- 56 years after the death of Malcolm X, lawyers revealed what they call new evidence of a conspiracy perpetrated by the NYPD and the FBI to assassinate the civil rights activist in Harlem. Eyewitness News reporter Naveen Dhaliwal joins us from Washington Heights. Naveen.

NAVEEN DHALIWAL: Yeah, Joe, these are very serious allegations. The family of an NYPD officer and their attorney now say they have proof that Malcolm X's assassination was conspired by the NYPD, as well as the FBI. Now Ray Wood was an undercover officer with the NYPD back in the early '60s, and his family and their attorneys say he wrote a letter in his deathbed confessing the New York City Police Department and the FBI both conspired to kill the civil rights activist.

Well, that letter was discovered after Wood's death last November. Malcolm X was gunned down in February of 1965 in Harlem during a speaking engagement. Wood's family says in that letter, Wood wrote his responsibility was to ensure Malcolm X's security detail was arrested days before the assassination. This move, he said, would guarantee Malcolm X not having door security at the Audubon Room where he was killed. Well, today Malcolm X's three daughters, along with Wood's family, and high profile civil rights attorney Ben Crump, are asking for the investigation into the Malcolm X assassination be reopened in light of the new evidence.

RAY HAMLIN: Decades later with information from an undercover New York City police officer that I understand will recount or has recounted in chilling detail of his involvement in the involvement, as I understand it, New York City police and perhaps the FBI. The fact of the matter is the world lost an icon. This nation lost an icon, but the family lost the father.

NAVEEN DHALIWAL: And the three nation of Islam members were convicted in Malcolm X's murder. Well, last year, the Manhattan DA's office began a review of those convictions after meeting with representatives of the Innocence Project, and with this recent evidence, the DA's office says this, the review of this matter, is active and ongoing. Reporting live in Washington Heights tonight, Naveen Dhaliwal, Channel 7 Eyewitness News.