Malcolm X’s family marked the anniversary of his assassination by announcing plans to sue several agencies, including the CIA, FBI, and the New York Police Department for $100 million.
Malcolm X, a civil rights leader, was fatally shot at the Audubon Ballroom in upper Manhattan on Feb. 21, 1965.
The family has long questioned who was responsible for his death, and two of his daughters, Ilyasah Shabazz and Qubilah Shabazz, along with attorney Ben Crump, held a news conference at the ballroom to announce the lawsuit.
The family accuses the agencies of conspiring and acting in ways that led to Malcolm X’s wrongful death. In 2021, two of the three men convicted of his murder were exonerated due to shaky evidence and withheld information.
“For years our family has fought for the truth to come to light,” she said at the news conference. “We want justice served for our father.”
Lawyer Ben Crump held a news conference with Malcolm X’s daughters on Tuesday, the anniversary of his assassination, to announce a lawsuit against agencies including the CIA, FBI, Department of Justice, and NYPD for $100 million, claiming their role in his death.
Crump mentioned the exonerations of two men in 2021 and claimed that government agencies “had factual evidence, exculpatory evidence that they fraudulently concealed from the men who were wrongfully convicted for the assassination of Malcolm X.”
When asked if he believed government agencies conspired to assassinate Malcolm, Crump stated, “That is what we are alleging, yes. They infiltrated many civil rights organizations.” The DOJ and NYPD declined to comment.