Two of the men convicted in 1966 for the murder of Malcolm X, a human rights activist and leader in the struggle of African Americans, will be exonerated. The Manhattan district attorney and the lawyers of the two men, Muhammad A. Aziz and Khalil Islam, announced it, according to the New York Times.
A fact that rewrites history and represents a remarkable acknowledgment of the grave errors committed in the investigation into the 1965 murder of one of America’s most influential black leaders in the fight against racism. A 22-month investigation conducted jointly by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and the two men’s attorneys found that prosecutors, the FBI, and the New York Police Department had withheld key evidence that would likely lead to the acquittal of the two men. two men.
Known at the time of the murder as Norman 3X Butler and Thomas 15X Johnson, they spent decades in prison for the February 21, 1965 murder, in which three men opened fire inside a ballroom at the Audubon Ballroom. of Manhattan as Malcolm X was starting to speak.