$40 Million: Man Exonerated in Malcolm X’s 1965 Assassination Sues NYC

Man Exonerated in Malcolm X's 1965 Assassination Sues NYC
Man Exonerated in Malcolm X's 1965 Assassination Sues NYC (Image: Screenshot/YouTube/ABCNews)

A man who was exonerated last November in the 1965 assassination of civil rights activist Malcolm X has sued New York City after the city agreed to wrongfully labeling him a murderer.

Muhammad Aziz, 84, is suing for $40 million in damages for his two decades in jail and more than 55 years of being wrongfully accused, claiming it caused “immense and irreparable” harm to him and his family.

Aziz is a father of six children.

A $40 million lawsuit was also submitted in federal court in Brooklyn by the estate of co-defendant Khalil Islam, who served 22 years behind bars before being exonerated.

“They got a small measure of justice when their convictions were vacated,” Deborah Francois, a lawyer for both plaintiffs, said in a Thursday interview.

“But we want to hold government officials accountable for misconduct that led to their wrongful convictions and decades of living with the stigma of being labeled Malcolm X’s murderers.”

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