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CAIR, CAIR-NY Welcome Exoneration of 2 Men Wrongly Convicted in Malcolm X Assassination, Calls for Full Probe of Law Enforcement Complicity  

Civil rights group calls for D.A. to complete and reveal results of investigation into NYPD officer’s deathbed confession of law enforcement involvement 

(WASHINGTON D.C., 11/18/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, and its New York chapter (CAIR-New York) today welcomed news that two men wrongly convicted of assassinating Malcolm X are expected to be exonerated Thursday.  

CAIR and CAIR-NY also called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) and New York Police Department (NYPD) to conduct a full investigation into a deceased NYPD officer’s claim that law enforcement was involved in enabling the assassination. 

SEE: Exonerations for 2 men convicted in Malcolm X’s 1965 death

Earlier this year, three of Malcolm X’s daughters joined attorney Benjamin Crump and other legal representatives to disclose a posthumous confession authored by Raymond A. Wood, an undercover NYPD Bureau of Special Services and Investigations (BOSSI) unit officer.  

In the letter, Wood confessed to helping frame Khalid Islam. Wood’s letter also states in part: 

“It was my assignment to draw the two men into felonious federal crime, so that they could be arrested by the FBI and kept away from managing Malcolm X’s Audubon Ballroom door security on February 21, 1965.”  

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

In a statement, CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, Esq. said: 

“These exonerations are an important step towards learning the truth about the assassination of Malcolm X, but this step is not sufficient. We specifically call on authorities to conduct a full and thorough investigation into the deathbed confession written by former NYPD officer Raymond Wood. If the NYPD or FBI were involved in enabling the murder of Malcolm X, his family and the public have a right to know.” 

In a statement, CAIR-New York Executive Director Afaf Nasher said: 

“The injustice done to Mr. Aziz and Mr. Islam cannot be undone, but their exoneration is a welcome development–not only because it overturns the wrongful convictions of two innocent men, but because it takes a step closer to the truth about the assassination of Malcolm X. It is imperative now that an investigation into Raymond Wood’s allegations of NYPD and FBI involvement in the murder is completed. Officer Wood stated in his confession that he helped frame Mr. Islam in the murder. The information presented in that confession cannot be ignored.” 

Mitchell and Nasher noted that earlier this year, CAIR and CAIR-New York sent a letter to the DOJ and NYPD Inspector Generals’ offices calling on them to investigate the claims made in Raymond Wood’s confession. 

SEE: CAIR Calls on DOJ, NYPD IGs to Investigate Officer’s Posthumous Confession Alleging Law Enforcement Involvement in Assassination of Malcolm X  

The NYPD Inspector General responded by stating that: 

“The Office of the Inspector General for the NYPD (OIG-NYPD) takes your concerns very seriously. However, due to the ongoing investigation currently being conducted by the New York County District Attorney’s Office, we are declining to open an investigation at this time. This declination in no way reflects a determination on the merits of the allegations. While we will not be investigating these allegations at present, we will continue to monitor the New York County District Attorney’s Office’s investigation.” 


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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530,; CAIR-NY Executive Director Afaf Nasher, Esq. Executive Director, CAIR-NY, 917-669-4006,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280,  

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