Deathbed Letter From Former Cop Claims NYPD, FBI Helped Kill Malcolm X

Written by on February 21, 2021

A letter shared by the household of a deceased former New York police officer alleges that the officer, the New York Metropolis Police Division and the FBI performed a task within the homicide of the highly effective civil rights chief Malcolm X. 

The outspoken antiracism activist and former spokesman for the Nation of Islam died on February 21, 1965, after being shot whereas delivering remarks on the Audubon Ballroom in New York Metropolis.

Ray Wooden, a former undercover police officer, wrote in a newly launched confession letter that the NYPD and FBI labored with him to ensure the 2 males in command of Malcolm X’s safety element had been arrested within the days earlier than the speech. 

Ray Wooden first shared his confession with household when he was identified with abdomen most cancers in 2011. On the time, he requested his cousin, Reggie, to not share the letter till after he died. Ray Wooden died in November, and Reggie Wooden shared his cousin’s confession publicly on Saturday, flanked by a bunch that included Malcolm X’s daughters, Qubiliah Shabazz, Ilyasah Shabazz and Gamilah Shabazz, and civil rights attorneys Benjamin Crump, Ray Hamlin and Paul Napoli.

“For 10 years, I’ve carried this confession secretly in concern of what might occur to my household and myself if the federal government came upon what I knew,” Reggie Wooden stated Saturday. 

Ray Wooden confessed that he, the NYPD and the U.S. authorities all made positive Malcolm X wasn’t adequately protected against assassination throughout his remaining speech. “I participated in actions that in hindsight had been deplorable and detrimental to the development of my very own, Black individuals,” Wooden stated. 

In keeping with his letter, in 1965, Wooden’s NYPD supervisors instructed him to plot a plot to bomb the Statue of Liberty together with two key members of the Malcolm X’s safety element, Khaleel Sayyed and Walter Bowe, with a purpose to guarantee the 2 safety guards had been arrested and separated from Malcolm X throughout his Feb. 21 speech. 

“It was my project to attract the 2 males right into a felonious federal crime in order that they might be arrested by the FBI and avoided managing Malcolm X’s Audubon Ballroom door safety,” he admitted. Sayyed and Bowe had been arrested on Feb. 16 in reference to the plot, though Bowe testified on the time that it was Wooden who devised it. Wooden’s letter launched greater than a half-century later corroborates Bowe’s declare. 

Wooden additionally confessed to serving to body a person named Thomas Johnson, most lately referred to as Khalil Islam, for Malcolm X’s homicide. Whereas serving a life sentence for the homicide, Islam maintained his innocence till he died in 2009

“On February 21, 1965, I used to be ordered to be on the Audubon Ballroom, the place I used to be recognized by witnesses whereas leaving the scene,” Wooden stated in his letter. “Thomas Johnson was later arrested and wrongfully convicted to guard my cowl and the secrets and techniques of the FBI and the NYPD.”

Reggie Wooden stated his cousin withheld his position in Malcolm X’s assassination all these years as a result of he “nervous about what the NYPD and the FBI would do to him and his household if he had advised the darkish secrets and techniques he had held that helped destroy Black leaders and Black energy organizations.”

Ray Wooden stated regulation enforcement officers threatened him with “pending alcohol trafficking fees … if I didn’t observe” their directions to assist thwart civil rights teams. His confession additionally shared particulars of the NYPD’s efforts to border a bunch of Black Panthers, referred to as the “Panther 21,” who had been acquitted after being wrongly accused of plotting terrorist assaults in New York in 1969.

Ray Hamlin, an lawyer representing Malcolm X’s household, stated they’re owed recompense if the federal government performed any position in his homicide. 

“If this heinous act was with the assistance and assist of regulation enforcement and our authorities, then definitely I feel the Shabbazz household is deserving of some form of retribution by the use of compensation,” Hamlin stated Saturday. 

Ilyasah Shabbazz stated “any proof that gives larger perception” into her father’s homicide needs to be “completely investigated.”

Lawyer Benjamin Crump drew a direct connection between the makes an attempt by regulation enforcement to infiltrate and stifle activists actions within the 1960s and the more moderen efforts by regulation enforcement teams to stifle activist actions like Black Lives Matter. Previously yr, for instance, the Justice Division beneath former President Donald Trump deployed surveillance instruments to spy on protest leaders through the top of final summer season’s antiracism protests. 

“Despite the fact that that is an astonishing revelation from the previous,” Crump stated of Ray Wooden’s confession, “I’ll remind you: The previous is prologue. Malcolm X is Black Lives Matter.”

Crump known as on the Manhattan district lawyer and members of Congress — particularly the Congressional Black Caucus — to analyze Ray Wooden’s confession and the federal government’s potential position in Malcolm X’s homicide.


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