Naomi Judd, the Kentucky-born singer of the Grammy-winning duo The Judds, died by suicide in April,
just days before she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. She was 76.
Ashley Judd said she felt “cornered and powerless as law enforcement officers began questioning me
while the last of my mother’s life was fading.” But she doesn’t blame the officers involved on the day
she said. Rather, the issue lies in the system, she wrote, which must be reformed.
I want to be clear that the police were simply following terrible, outdated interview procedures and methods of interacting
with family members who are in shock or trauma and that the individuals in
my mother’s bedroom that harrowing day were not bad or wrong,” she wrote.
“It is now well known that law enforcement personnel should be trained in
how to respond to and investigate cases involving trauma, but the men who were present
left us feeling stripped of any sensitive boundary, interrogated and, in my case, as if I was a possible suspect in my mother’s suicide.”
She said she and her family had filed a petition with the courts
at the start of August to prevent the police file from being publicly released.
This profoundly intimate personal and medical information does
not belong in the press, on the internet or anywhere except in our memories,” she said.