Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first black female judge in the New York State Court of Appeals and the first female Muslim judge in the United States, was found dead on April 12, 2017. Sheila Abdus-Salaam was born Sheila Turner to working-class parents in Washington DC on March 14, 1952. Her inspiration to become a lawyer came from the TV shows she loved as a girl and from Frankie Muse Freeman, a civil rights activist and lawyer, who visited her school. Among her many accomplishments, Sheila Abdus-Salaam made the groundbreaking decision in a case that allowed LGBT parents to pursue equal parenting rights. Lacking a final statement from a medical examiner or a suicide note, the police and the media have still been quick to label her death a suicide, citing that she was ‘stressed at work.’ We can only wait for further investigation and hope that she receives as much justice in death as she offered to the world in life. For the time being, until we know the results of the investigation, SAY HER NAME.
From the very beginning, when it became known about her death, the media began to claim that it was suicide. It is not true! This death is absolutely definitely violent! As it turned out, she had no injuries, it’s most likely not an accidental death and I don’t think suicide is what really happened to her. People don’t just jump into a river to commit suicide, there are many other ways to do it.
This situation looks as if they know something, but don’t want to tell us about it. And they don’t want to punish the guilty.
The maint thing I’m sure of is that she certainly did not kill herself! Someone did that to her! The police need to find out who was behind this! Every yime I hear of a judges death my mind goes automatically to musder. This ones no different!
So sad that a woman that has so much potential to give fair justice to people was killed!