Former undercover NYPD officer Raymond Wood wrote the letter, which was presented by some of Malcolm X’s daughters and Reggie Wood, the officer’s cousin, the New York Post reported. Three members of a black separatist group were convicted following Malcolm X’s assassination in Harlem, New York, in 1965.
“Under the direction of my handlers, I was told to encourage leaders and members of the civil-rights groups to commit felonious acts,” the letter said, the Post reported.
Supervisors allegedly pressured former officer Woods to bait two members of Malcolm X’s security detail into committing crimes, leading to their arrest two days before the shooting, the Post reported. In the letter, Woods said federal officials and the NYPD conspired to arrest X’s security detail in order to make the hotel ballroom where he would be assassinated more accessible to the perpetrators.
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance reopened the case last year in response to claims by historians and scholars that people were wrongfully arrested for the shooting, the Post reported. Vance’s office said the “review of this matter is active and ongoing” and the NYPD said it is cooperating with the investigation.
“Several months ago, the Manhattan District Attorney initiated a review of the investigation and prosecution that resulted in two convictions for the murder of Malcom X,” NYPD Detective Denise Moroney told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “The NYPD has provided all available records relevant to that case to the District Attorney. The Department remains committed to assist with that review in any way.”
The FBI did not respond to the DCNF’s request for comment.
By Kaylee Greenlee
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