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People are starting to Question if Sheila Abdus-Salaam’s death was suicide

Tarniesha Floyd, Reporter

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Sheila Abdus-Salaam was an Associate Judge of the Court of Appeals and was appointed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. She was state confirmed on May 6, 2013. Judge Abdus-Salaam was the first African American woman to serve on New York State’s highest court. Unfortunately, Judge Abdus-Salaam was found floating in the Hudson River near Harlem on April 12, 2017. According to New York Times, Abdus-Salaam’s body was found at 1:45 p.m. and pronounced dead by paramedics shortly after 2 p.m. Her body showed no signs of trauma and was fully clothed. According to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, “Judge Abdus-Salaam was a trailblazing jurist whose life in public service was in pursuit of a more fair and more just New York for all”

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Sheila Abdus-Salaam with Gov. Andrew Cuomo| via Daily Mail


Upon hearing the news many people, especially those within the black community, felt that Abdus-Salaam’s death was a result of foul play. Judge Abdus-Salaam was notorious for her reliability and her liberal voice. She was known to always side with poverty-stricken immigrants, people who are mentally ill, and usually against powerful companies and established interests. According to Essence, on April 14, four surveillance videos of Salaam were recovered the night prior to her death. In the videos, Abdus-Salaam is seen walking toward the river. Articles were published questioning the woman’s mental health after false reports were published that her mother, who died of natural causes at the age of 92, and her brother, who died after his long battle with terminal lung cancer, committed suicide.

Sheila Abdus-Salaam with her husband Gregory Jacobs | via The Christian Post

According to Above The Law, Abdus-Salaam’s husband, Gregory Jacobs, believes that anyone who knew and loved Sheila wouldn’t believe the “unfounded conclusions.” Abdus-Salaam’s death was also the same week of another black jurist by the name of Raymond Myles which raised a couple suspicions. According to Shaun King of New York Daily News, it could have easily been her own choice to take her life but because the world we’re living in today. The world where her being an “anti-corruption judge in a time where our president is under investigation by the FBI.” The government could’ve easily seen her as a threat and got her killed.

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Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam prepares to speak at a New York state Senate Judiciary committee meeting at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. (Photo by Tim Roske)

Recent investigations reveal and autopsy that shows uncovered bruises on the judge’s neck. They also found water in the woman’s lungs which indicate she was alive when she went into the river. Professionals are saying that the bruises were possibly from days before her body was in the river while also saying they could be bruises from her body recovery. This is suspicious because the autopsy earlier reported that there were no signs of trauma. Hopefully, Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam receives the justice that she desired for all of New York and the rest of the world.

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People are starting to Question if Sheila Abdus-Salaam’s death was suicide