Outrage Continues Over Makeshift Memorial For Cop Killer - My9 New Jersey

Outrage Continues Over Makeshift Memorial For Cop Killer

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Jersey City, New Jersey (My9NJ) -

The eruption of violence throughout Jersey City recently has really begun to tear a community apart. Over the weekend Jersey City police officer Melvin Santiago, was tragically killed in the line of duty and now there has been a national reaction to a memorial that was put up outside of the shooters home, a memorial that Jersey City Mayor Fulop calls disgusting.

“A lunatic that was looking to kill a police officer, he wasn’t looking to rob a Walgreens or commit a crime other than execution style murder of a police officer,” he said.

The shooters younger brother Samuel Campbell and cousin Samika spoke out about the incident.

“I don’t know (why he would do this), but maybe it was a medical problem or something, but at the end of the day he didn’t deserve to die, and that office didn’t deserve to die also,” Campbell said.

“Their putting all this stuff out there making him seem like he was a monster and he wasn’t. Lala was a caring person and I’m going to stand up for mine,” Samika said.

Residents in this area of the Jersey City community say that they can feel the tension in the air. Police officers are now on watch scouring the neighborhood. Jersey City Public Safety Director James Shea addressed the rumors about the memorial for the shooter being taken down.

“We had the memorial taken down late last night and the reason we did was because it was starting to become a flash point for potential violence in the community,” he explained.

He said the vast majority of the community did not want it there, but the family of the shooter feels otherwise.

“How are we supposed to feel, no one came and checked on our family. Like we’re not supposed to have feelings and emotions? We lost someone too,” Samika said.

 

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