Transcript for New information released regarding the death of Malcolm X
potentially explosive new information involving the assassination of civil rights activist Malcolm X 50 years ago today. It comes from a family of a former NYPD officer in a letter released after his death. ABC's Zachary kiesch is at the audobon ballroom in New York City where Malcolm X was shot. Malcolm, good morning to you. Reporter: Malcolm little Detroit red Shabazz -- Dan, you can call him whatever you like, Malcolm X was a fearless black man, a prophet for some and a problem, a threat for others. We want justice by any means necessary. We want equality by any means necessary. Reporter: He spoke truth to power and sought to liberate black Americans, free them from the wrought of racism. Who taught you to hate yourself from the top of your head to the soles of your feet. Reporter: 56 years after Malcolm X was assassinated here in Harlem, according to this note, sent to infiltrate and undermine the man and the movement. The letter says both the FBI and the NYPD were involved. Under the direction of my handlers I was told to encourage leaders and members of the civil rights groups to commit felonious acts. Reporter: Ray wood's his name, they say after carrying details of the burden of his decisions for decades the details were placed in the hands of a cousin, Reggie, to be released after his death. He was a good man that was tricked and forced to betray his own people, and he felt guilt and remorse for that for 56 years. Reporter: There have been questions about what happened at the audobon ballroom from the beginning. Many have been explored through books and film. Most recently in a Netflix documentary. Because the official count of who killed Malcolm X, it's not true. Far too many African-Americans who have stood up to voice equality and justice in this country have found themselves being persecuted, prosecuted or in the case of Malcolm X assassinated. Reporter: It's provided all available records relevant to that case to the district attorney. The department remains committed to assist with that review in any way. Civil rights attorney Benjamin crump says this is about restorative justice, setting the record straight. This is the only way we can bridge this divide. We have to have transparency, plus accountability, and that's the only way we'll ever get to trust. Reporter: The d.a.'s office says they're reviewing the case, and we also reached out to the FBI and have not heard back. Now today, civil rights leaders are drawing a connection between the past and the present. Today, we honor the life and legacy of Malcolm X. A uniquely American story. Whit. Fascinating developments in an important and historic case. Zachary kiesch for us, thank you so much for your reporting.
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