Malcolm X’s daughter to sue CIA, FBI, New York police over assassination By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Attallah Shabazz (R) and Malaak Shabazz, two of the six daughters of the late Malcolm X sit collectively beneath two portraits of their late father throughout a information convention on the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Middle for Analysis in Black C


By Jonathan Allen and Brendan O’Brien

(Reuters) – A daughter of Malcolm X, the civil rights activist assassinated 58 years in the past to the day on Tuesday, has filed notices that she intends to sue the FBI, the CIA, New York Metropolis police and others for his demise.

Ilyasah Shabazz accused varied federal and New York authorities companies of fraudulently concealing proof that they “conspired to and executed their plan to assassinate Malcolm X.”

“For years, our household has fought for the reality to return to mild regarding his homicide,” Shabazz mentioned at a information convention on the web site of her father’s assassination, now a memorial to Malcolm X.

The New York Police Division mentioned it could not touch upon pending litigation. The FBI and the CIA didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

Malcolm X rose to prominence because the nationwide spokesman of the Nation of Islam, an African-American Muslim group that espoused Black separatism.

He spent over a decade with the group earlier than changing into disillusioned, publicly breaking with it in 1964 and moderating a few of his earlier views on racial separation, angering some Nation of Islam members and drawing demise threats.

He was 39 years previous when three males with weapons shot him onstage as ready to talk at New York’s Audubon Ballroom on Feb. 21, 1965. Shabazz, who was then 2 years previous, was current together with her mom and sisters. Quickly after, some associates of Malcolm X mentioned they believed varied authorities companies had been conscious of the assassination plan and allowed to it occur.

Talmadge Hayer, then a member of the Nation of Islam, confessed in courtroom to being one of many assassins.

In 2021, a New York state choose threw out the convictions of two different males who wrongly spent many years in jail for the homicide of Malcolm X, saying there had been a miscarriage of justice. Hayer had lengthy mentioned the 2 males had been harmless and that his accomplices had been different Nation of Islam members.

The 2 males had been exonerated on the request of the Manhattan district lawyer’s workplace, which mentioned an investigation had discovered that prosecutors and legislation enforcement companies withheld proof that, had it been turned over, would possible have led to the pair’s acquittal.

In Shabazz’s notices of claims, which New York legislation requires be served on sure authorities companies earlier than a lawsuit might be filed, Shabazz mentioned she seeks $100 million in damages.

The notices had been served with the companies she intends to sue on Tuesday primarily based on new data that solely not too long ago got here to mild, based on Ben Crump, her lawyer, who mentioned he meant to take depositions of presidency officers.

“It isn’t simply in regards to the set off males, it is about those that conspired with the set off males to do that dastardly deed,” Crump mentioned on the information convention.

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