Malcolm X’s daughters sue government agencies for $100 million
Two of Malcolm X’s daughters have sued the New City Police Department, the FBI and the Central Intelligence Agency, and other government agencies for $100 million, charging that they colluded with each other to kill their father, who was much more than a civil rights leader. Malcolm X pushed for more independence for Black men and Black women away from the White power structure.
Attorney Ben Crump joined the sisters Ilyasah Shabazz and Qubilah Shabazz at the site of Audubon Ballroom where Malcolm X was shot to death during the middle of a speech by three gunmen on February 21, 1965. He was only 39 years old.
The sister announced they were filing the lawsuit on Tuesday, February 21, the anniversary of his murder. One of the killers was beaten and held by police, but the others got away.
“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,” said Ilyasah Shabazz, the co-administrator of her father’s estate, who filed notices of claim, which is the first step in the process, saying that the agencies “conspired with each other and with other individuals and acted, and failed to act, in such a way as to bring about the wrongful death of Malcolm X.”
Two men, Muhammad Aziz and Khalil Islam were cleared of the murder of Malcolm X. A settlement was paid to both men.
A former NYPD police officer, Raymond Wood, who has since died, admitted he participated in the killing of Malcolm X.