The New York Police Department has announced that they are treating the shocking death of America’s first female Muslim judge, Shelia Abdus-Salaam, as a “suspicious” incident.
“We’re looking at it as a suspicious death at this point. We haven’t found any clear indications of criminality, but at this point, we can’t say for sure. We’re hoping if anyone could shed any light into the hours before her disappearance, it would help us establish what happened,” said NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis.
While there is no clear evidence of criminality, there is also no clear evidence of suicide either. Abdus-Salaam’s body was found with mysterious bruising around the neck but none of the ocular bleeding that occurs during strangulation.
Abus-Salaam graduated from Barnard College in 1974 and from Columbia Law School in 1977. She served as the Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights for several years before ascending to the New York State Supreme Court. Governor Cuomo nominated her for the New York Court of Appeals in 2013 – for which she was unanimously approved.
Given the racial and religious tensions that have been motivating a deeply disturbing increase in hate crimes across the nation, we must remain suspicious until an autopsy can tell us what really happened to this beloved judge.
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.