Malcolm X’s family to sue CIA, FBI, NYPD for alleged assassination
Assassinated black civil rights activist Malcolm X’s daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, said she is suing the New York City Police Department and other organizations for his 1965 murder.
The case was filed on the 58th anniversary of the assassination of the Black civil rights leader, one of the most well-known homicides of the civil rights period.
According to academics and civil rights activists, the killing of the civil rights icon was caused in part by police and federal agents.
Shabazz said that US officials had fabricated evidence to cover up their plot to kill her father and had carried it out.
At the spot where he was tragically murdered in New York, precisely 58 years ago, she made the announcement of the upcoming legal action.
The FBI and CIA were also included in the lawsuit complaint, according to her attorney.
Shabazz witnessed her father being shot when she was just two years old. He was preparing to speak in an auditorium in Harlem when three armed men opened fire on him 21 times.
She made her statement on Tuesday at the location, which has since been turned into a memorial, as she submitted notifications of claims, the first step in filing a lawsuit, saying; “For years, our family has fought for the truth to come to light concerning his murder.”
Benjamin Crump, the attorney defending the family, said that significant officials in the American government had planned to assassinate Malcolm X.
Throughout his remarks, he referred to J Edgar Hoover, a previous FBI director.
Crump stated that Malcolm X’s family would bring a wrongful death claim, seeking damages in the neighborhood of $100 million (£83 million).
He said; “It’s not just about the triggerman. It’s about those who conspired with the triggerman to do this dastardly deed.”
Recall that according to a letter that The Family of Malcolm X released in 2021 which was purportedly written by a now-deceased police officer, the assassination of Malcolm X was allegedly carried out by the NYPD and FBI.
The NYPD informed the BBC that it wouldn’t comment on ongoing legal matters. The FBI and CIA, however, kept their reaction a secret.
Prior to his contentious break from the organization, Malcolm X served as a lead spokesman for the Nation of Islam, which advocated separatism for black Americans. When he died, he was 39 years old.