Mayor lashes out over memorial for cop-killer

Police said Lawrence Campbell ambushed 23-year-old officer on Sunday at a drugstore and was killed when officers returned fire
Associated Press
Jul 15, 2014

The mayor lashed out Monday at residents for memorializing a man who killed a police officer over the weekend.

A temporary memorial was on display in the Jersey City neighborhood where Lawrence Campbell lived. It included candles and balloons and messages from friends of the man who police said ambushed 23-year-old officer Melvin Santiago early Sunday at a drugstore.

Campbell's widow, Angelique Campbell, told News 12 New Jersey she is sorry for Santiago's family but that her husband should have killed more officers if they were planning to kill him.

On Monday, Mayor Steven Fulop said the memorial and her comments aren't representative of the city as a whole.

"There are people in every single community who just don't value life and this is highlighted by a situation like this," Fulop told The Associated Press. "There's a lot of reasons for that — some of it is decades of how they perceive police, some it's jobs, some of it's socioeconomics — but at the end of the day we're dealing with it today. When you talk about that situation, yes, it's ignorant, yes it's disgusting, but this represents a lot of the challenges we have."

A temporary memorial to the slain officer, significantly smaller than the one set up for Campbell, outside the Walgreens where he was killed drew mourners on Monday as the store reopened.

"I heard the news this morning and it brought tears to my eyes," truck driver Van Thomas told The Jersey Journal. "I couldn't believe it, I couldn't understand it. This is the type of society we have now with guys whose minds are not right and it's a huge wake-up call for everybody."

Police said they are looking for clues to explain why Campbell, who had prior drug arrests and was released from jail in January, would have committed such a violent act.

Campbell, who didn't try to rob the store, assaulted the Walgreens' armed security guard and snatched his gun, Fulop said. Then, he approached someone and apologized for his conduct inside the store, then said to watch the news later because he was "going to be famous."

Campbell then waited for officers to arrive and shot Santiago with what police believe was the guard's weapon.

Other officers returned fire at Campbell, killing him.

Fulop said Campbell was one of three suspects wanted by police for a prior homicide. Another man being sought in that case, 23-year-old city resident Daniel Wilson, was captured Sunday night, officials said.

Fulop said authorities had been aggressively seeking Wilson for three days.

Santiago had dreamed of being a police officer since he was a boy, seeking to follow in the footsteps of his uncle.

When he accomplished his dream in December and joined the Jersey City force as a rookie officer, he asked to serve in what the city's public safety director describes as its "toughest district." Seven months after he graduated from the police academy, he was dead from a gunshot wound to the head.

Comments

ladydye_5

Disgusting. So this killer was wanted for another murder, told his friends to watch he was going to be famous, lay in wait for the cops to show up, and then shoots at the cops thru the windshield, killing one. And then his wife wants to try and memorialize him!?!?!??!! What the h.e.l.l???? Her comment on how he should have killed more police officers if they were planning on killing him.....makes me say they should have left him laying in the gutter for her to come claim.

WOW. Society is truly going downhill fast.

deertracker

This guy sounds like he had serious mental issues or a death wish. I agree though that some perceive the police in a different way and one could argue they have a reason to feel the way they do but murder is never acceptable.

Contango

Re: "one could argue they have a reason to feel the way they do,"

And the argument would be what?

deertracker

Police brutality. Unequal justice system just for starters. That was easy!

Bottom Line

You're absolutely right in that we have an unequal system. Our country has spent billions upon billions of dollars trying to give minorities, most specifically blacks, handouts and special benefits and seen very minimal positive results. Housing projects and grants. Affirmative action. Black scholarships. "Equal rights" programs that if they offered to whites there would be "racist" uproars. The results include decrepit housing, drugs, rape, BLACKS KILLING OTHER BLACKS AT ALARMING RATES. But blacks only care when the killer is non black. Otherwise they don't care.

WhatTheHeck

Unbelievably accurate statement Bottom Line. Only the ignorant will slam you on this one.

Bottom Line

Unfortunately the ignorant and naive run rampant. This article is evidence of that. The ignorant and naive also run rampant on this comment board. Deer's comments are evidence of that.

JudgeMeNot

Amen.

margaritaville88

YES!!!!!

deertracker

@Bottom Boy
The justice system also spends billions to keep Blacks in prison for petty crimes that others get probation for. Anything given to minorities is owed since oppression was running rampant for centuries. Blacks may live in housing projects but where does this grant come from and who receives. In your narrow mind only Blacks get help when it is proven Whites receive the most help. Especially the rich ones. Most crimes are intra-racial so your point is moot. Don't pretend to know what it is like being Black. You have no clue and everything in my original post is very true. Read, comprehend then respond. All you are doing is ranting about Black people. People like you have it all figured out in your mind but you really have no clue. Maybe you should try being a top boy!

Contango

Re: "The justice system,"

Usual off-topic nonsense.

freespeech1

MURDER
White:4,382 = 1.77 per 100k.
Black:4,498 = 11.83 per 100k.
Blacks commit murder at a rate 6.68 times that of Whites.

RAPE
White:10,990 = 4.45 per 100k.
Black:5,428 = 1,428 per 100k.
Blacks commit rape at a rate 3.21 times that of Whites.

ROBBERY
White:41,962 = 17 per 100k.
Black:56,948 = 150 per 100k.
Blacks commit robbery at a rate 9 times that of Whites.

AGG. ASSUALT
White:208,081 = 84 per 100k.
Black:112,325 = 295 per 100k.
Blacks commit agg. assualt at a rate 3.5 times that of Whites.

BURGLARY
White:157,252 = 64 per 100k.
Black:73,960 = 195 per 100k.
Blacks commit burglary at a rate 3 times that of Whites.

LARCENY-THEFT
White:663,360 = 269 per 100k.
Black:286,844 = 755 per 100k.
Blacks commit larceny at a rate 2.8 times that of Whites.

MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT
White:44,674 =18 per 100k.
Black:28,510 = 75 per 100k.
Blacks commit motor vehicle theft at a rate 4 times that of Whites.

OVERALL VIOLENT CRIME
White:265,754 = 107 per 100k.
Black:179,636 =473 per 100k.
OVERALL BLACKS COMMIT CRIMES AT A RATE 4.4(440%) TIMES THAT OF WHITES.

deertracker

Have you ever been violated by a Black offender?

freespeech1

I had an individual try to mug me once, didn't work out so well for him.

deertracker

Me too free!

Bottom Line

@deer

What a stupid response. Even if the answer to your question was no (which it wasn't) that wouldn't make those numbers any less valid.

freespeech1

Unfortunately bottom line that's how libs operate. You cant dispute the facts.

JudgeMeNot

The low information types (deer)are a clear and present danger to our nation.

Contango

Re: "Police brutality." "one could argue they have a reason to feel the way they do,"

"Campbell...assaulted the Walgreens' armed security guard and snatched his gun,"

He armed himself because while in Walgreens, he suddenly viewed himself as an oppressed black?

deertracker

My comment was in response to the article not the guy in the article pooh. Nice try, wrong guy!

Contango

Re: "My comment was... not (about) the guy in the article"

Off-topic blather - as usual.

deertracker

When you have no argument that is your typical response.

Contango

Re: "When you have no argument,"

Deflect & blather, deflect and blather - typical.

freespeech1

Just like you and toaster and puppy poo, when YOU have no argument the name calling begins. So predictable yet so pathetically sad.

deertracker

You just rant. Your comments are worthless.

JudgeMeNot

You are an i-d-i-o-t.

ladydye_5

You are right murder is never acceptable. This SUSPECT MURDERED a cop. He was a suspect in another murder. The police took him down before he murdered MORE people. I would say the suspect had a death wish and was playing "death by cop". He went into a drug store with a knife, took a gun off a security guard with no intention of robbing the store. He had told people he was going to be famous and to watch the news. He then went out to wait for the police to show up before opening fire on them when they did. He premeditated MURDER. Are you trying to justify that

Bottom Line

@lady

Haven't you heard? Using facts to hold a black cop killer 100% accountable for his actions makes you racist. By not placing at least partial blame on the police, clearly you are a Klan member.

ladydye_5

Call me what you want, but at least call his crime what it was...... ....PREMEDITATED MURDER

SanduskyMomOf3

Hang on...reread what BL wrote. He was actually agreeing with you, just being sarcastic because of comments above yours. (I agree with you too, for what it's worth.)

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