Malcolm X Case Closed

Malcolm X Case Closed

The Justice Department has announced that they will not re-investigate the 46-year-old assassination of the Civil Rights leader.

Published July 25, 2011

The case that many civil rights advocates have been for years hoping would proceed has officially been closed.


In a statement released Saturday, the Department of Justice said that they have declined to reopen the investigation into the assassination of Malcolm X.


It was 46 years ago that the civil rights leader was assassinated. However, Manning Marable’s controversial, best-selling biography of Malcolm X’s life, released in April 2011, renewed questions that authorities imprisoned the wrong men and that the assassination is unsolved.


Under the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Act of 2007, historians have insisted that the case be opened by the Justice Department because it was “unsolved.”


Arguing that it would consume unnecessary time and money to reopen a case that it believes can no longer be solved, the Justice Department is sticking by its decision to have no involvement.


"Although the Justice Department recognizes that the murder of Malcolm X was a tragedy, both for his family and for the community he served, we have determined that at this time, the matter does not implicate federal interests sufficient to necessitate the use of scarce federal investigative resources into a matter for which there can be no federal criminal prosecution," the Justice Department said in their official statement.


Some advocates are seeking to appeal to President Obama and the United States Congress.



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Written by Danielle Wright


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