According to the New York Post, a task force has been comprised to investigate the death of Court of Appeals Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam.
As the NYPD attempts to configure how Judge Abdus-Salaam’s body ended up in the Hudson River, a spokesman revealed that the evidence in the case has presented “suspicious” circumstances.
In a statement from NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis, it was revealed that foul play has not been ruled out.
“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 first African-American female to assume a post on New York’s most prestigious court, Abdul-Salaam’s body was found last week floating atop the Hudson River.
Hoping to piece together the moments leading up to her passing, the NYPD has enlisted a heavier number of officers to scour surveillance footage that may pinpoint the judge’s activities. Though, such discovery has proven to be difficult.
“The problem is that where she lives, there’s a dozen ways of going anywhere,” a source told the New York Post. “No video shows how she got anywhere that day.”
The NYPD initially believed Abdul-Salaam may have taken her own life, as previous battles with depression and recent deaths in her immediate family may have fueled a potential suicide. The judge was also found with water in her lungs, a sign she was alive before she entered the Hudson. Abdul-Salaam’s apartment didn’t leave any indication of forced entry, as she also left behind a number of personal belongings in her home, a usual sign of suicidal intent.
While the NYPD cannot prove such an event took place, the department wants to establish assurance before claiming Abdul-Salaam did indeed take her own life.
A source told the Post the NYPD is “worried a video could pop up where a guy has her in headlock, or is dragging her, and it’s not a suicide.”
“God forbid someone a year from now says, ‘I killed the judge and this is how I did it,’ the same source explained.
H/T: The New York Post
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