JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop lashed out at residents memorializing the man who gunned down a rookie cop Sunday.
A temporary memorial was on display Monday in the neighborhood where Lawrence Campbell, 27, lived. It includes candles, ballons and empty liquor bottles. On a pair of white T-shirts, friends have left messages that read “thug in peace” and “see you on the other side,” WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.
Police say Campbell ambushed Officer Melvin Santiago, 23, as he and his partner responded to a call at a 24-hour Walgreens on Communipaw Avenue and John F. Kennedy Boulevard around 4 a.m. Sunday.
Campbell’s widow, Angelique Campbell, joined family members at the memorial outside her home.
“I’m not saying what he did was right — or what they claim he did was right,” she told CBS 2’s Diane Macedo. “What I’m saying is he was my husband and he was a human being.”
In a separate interview, 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, Fulop called the memorial and her comments “disgusting” and “ignorant.” He said they aren’t representative of the city as a whole.
Campbell’s cousin, Samika Campbell, told Diamond she couldn’t defend the gunman or his wife, but she appreciated the memorial.
“We’re not supposed to mourn for him because a cop got killed,” she said. “That’s sad. Like we’re not supposed to have feelings and emotions. We lost somebody, too.”