The only reason SOME places in the U.S. are firing cops for beating up black folks is because they are damn afraid of Black Lives Matter. And that's a good thing.
But within police departments, the underlying attitude that black lives are disposable has not changed. Attitudes like that do not change overnight. Attitudes like that have not changed over multile decades. Therefore, we need to keep a special eye out on what white police are doing in regards to the death of Sheila Abdus-Salaam --no matter how many black and brown faces wound up being put out in front of this investigation.
Keep your eyes open.
Some black folks are listing all her achievements as reasons she couldn't have committed suicide.
Well, I don't believe in strong black woman. I killed off my inner strong black woman a couple of decades ago. But the white police jumped to "likely suicide" some 10 seconds after she was dead. And 10 seconds does not an investigation make (I might be exaggerating a little for effect. Let's say it was 10 seconds, give or take a few hours).
If police don't have video of her walking into the river, a suicide note, or evidence that her doctor told her that her cancer is back that very morning, then there needs to be an investigation BEFORE the police come to a conclusion.
She was African American
She was Muslim
She championed LGBT rights
Emboldened by the election of KKK endorsed Donald Trump,
there's nobody the white supremacists want dead more. The only reason she might not be a prime target is because she isn't so high profile, nationally speaking.
Even so, the police need to do a thorough investigation before they come to a conclusion about the death of someone so important -- same as they would for a heterosexual white man of high stature.