The New York Police Department described the death of the trailblazing judge whose body was found in the Hudson River last week as "suspicious," according to NBC4. The Tuesday announcement was a notable shift in the case involving Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first African-American, Muslim judge to be appointed to New York's highest court. Last week, New York law enforcement said they were treating the 65-year-old's death as a suicide.
Police declined to speculate the cause of the judge's death, though, her body showed no signs of obvious trauma or foul play. Investigators have been sifting through surveillance video to paint a clearer picture of the judge's final moments of life.
Her husband, whom she recently married, is vehemently refusing media reports that his wife committed suicide. On Wednesday, Rev. Canon Gregory A. Jacobs said:
"Sheila loved Harlem and its people and lived there for nearly all of her adult life. I now join with the NYPD in asking anyone in the neighborhood to step forward with any information that might help us to determine what may have happened during those hours before her death."
After her death, Gov. Cuomo, who appointed Abdus-Salaam to the New York State Court of Appeals in 2013, described her as a "pioneer" and a "force for good whose legacy will be felt for years to come."
She was appointed to the New York Supreme Court in 1993, where she remained until 2009, before serving on the appeals court.
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