On Tuesday, the family of civil rights leader Malcolm X announced their intentions to file a $100 million wrongful death lawsuit against U.S. government agencies along with the NYPD for reportedly withholding evidence in relation to the assassination of Malcolm X, who was shot and killed while he was making a speech at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City on February 21st 1965.
Two of Malcom X’s daughters, along with their attorneys Ben Crump and Ray Hamlin, addressed the media at The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center in New York City on Tuesday, nearly 60 years after he was shot.
Ilyasah Shabazz, who is Malcolm X’s daughter, said that the lawsuit is seeking “justice” for a man “who gave his life for human rights.”
“For years our family has fought for the truth to come to light concerning his murder, and we’d like our father to receive the justice that he deserves,” she said. “The truth about the circumstances leading to the death of our father is important – not only to his family, but to many followers, many admirers … And it is our hope that litigation of this case will finally provide some unanswered questions. We want justice served for our father.”
Crump also confirmed that the lawsuit will name the city of New York, the state of New York, the NYPD, FBI and the CIA as defendants.
“If the government compensated the two gentlemen that were wrongfully convicted for the assassination of Malcolm X with tens of millions of dollars, then what is to be the compensation for the daughters who suffered the most from the assassination of Malcolm X?” Crump said.
The NYPD, the City of New York and the FBI all refused to provide a comment to ABC News due to the case being ongoing.
The state of New York and the CIA have not yet responded to ABC News.
The two men who reportedly shot Malcolm X in 1965, Muhammad Abdul Aziz and Khalil Islam were both exonerated of his murder.
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