Was the NYPD involved in Malcom X’s assasination?

Black Nationalist leader and Nation of Islam spokesman Malcolm X in Oxford with Eric Abrahams, right, the Student Union president, before addressing university students on the subject of extremism and liberty, 3rd December 1964.  (Photo by Keystone/Hulton)

Black Nationalist leader and Nation of Islam spokesman Malcolm X in Oxford with Eric Abrahams, right, the Student Union president, before addressing university students on the subject of extremism and liberty, 3rd December 1964. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton)

50 years ago today, Malcolm X, one of the greatest leaders of Black America, and of all Africans period, was gunned down in a crime still shrouded in mystery to this very day. Was the NYPD (New York Police Department) involved or did police know about the impending murder and let it happen? And were some reporters, including Jimmy Breslin, tipped off that something was about to go down?

On February 21 1965, El- Hajj Malik El-Shabazz [otherwise known as] Malcolm X, was assassinated in the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem. The official story is that Malcolm was killed because of his rift with the Nation of Islam and with the man who was once his spiritual leader – Elijah Muhammad – whom he had fallen out with after accusing him of fathering several children with young employees. But from the very beginning, many people have charged that the hidden hand of government forces was at play in orchestrating the execution.

Speculation has abounded as to whether intelligence agencies like the FBI and CIA were involved in Malcolm’s murder—with some saying it was a combined team effort by these governmental bodies, who many believe also killed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Kennedy brothers. Now, Toby Rogers author of “The Ganja Godfather: The Untold Story of NYC’s Weed Kingpin”, about the history of the Mob in New York, makes a shocking claim in the introduction of his book, which will be released this weekend: that celebrated columnist and reporter Jimmy Breslin was tipped-off by someone in the NYPD to go the Audubon Ballroom, presumably because it was known something monumental was about to happen regarding Malcolm X.

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