Malcolm X Assassination Witness Further Implicates The NYPD: ‘An Attempt By Police To Assist’


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By Bruce C.T. Wright, NewsOne

Hassan next to a picture of himself on the day of the assassination (Spencer Platt / Getty)

A man who witnessed the assassination of Malcolm X more than 58 years ago said Tuesday that he has proof law enforcement knew there would be an attempt on the civil rights icon’s life on the day of the infamous fatal shooting in Harlem, further implicating the NYPD in the murder.

Mustafa Hassan, 84, was introduced by attorney Ben Crump as “the witness who was right there beside Malcolm in the last moments of his life” in the latest effort to bring “a small measure of justice” to the family of Malcolm X amid plans to sue the NYPD for its alleged involvement in the assassination.

The two men were joined by co-counsel Ray Hamlin and Malcolm X’s daughters at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, formerly known as the Audubon Ballroom where the assassination took place on Feb. 21, 1965. Malcolm X was just 39 years old.

While the NYPD and other law enforcement agencies have long been suspected of their involvement in Malcolm X’s assassination, Tuesday marked the first time a witness came forward with purported photo and video evidence to support those allegations with a first-person account.

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