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First African American Muslim Appeals Court Death Is Now “Suspicious” By NYPD


First African American Muslim Appeals Court Death Is Now “Suspicious” By NYPD

The New York Police department is now seeking the help of anyone who may have any information regarding the death of New York State Appeals Court Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam.

The pioneering judge’s death is now being treated as “suspicious.” New York City detectives have reportedly recovered surveillance video showing Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam walking alone the night before she was found dead in the Hudson River last week. The surveillance  footage also shows Abdus-Salaam walking in the direction of the river in her Harlem neighborhood at about 8 p.m. on April 11. Her body was spotted at 1:45 p.m. the next day. Detectives say the video is  important in the case.

The NYPD has taken to Twitter, urging anyone with information leading up to her final days to come forward. Deputy Commissioner Stephen Davis released a statement saying,“We’re looking it at 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.”

The Medical Examiner is still planning to perform an autopsy on Abdus-Salaam.

Medical examiners remove Abdus-Salaam’s body. Robert Miller

The appeals court judge’s body was discovered floating on the Manhattan side of the Hudson River. Witnesses spotted her fully clothed body. She was reported missing by her husband. Abdus-Salaam’s death appeared to be a suicide, due to no visible signs of trauma or injuries indicating criminality or foul play.


ABC 7 News NY contributed to this report.

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