(Jersey City, NJ) – Lawrence Campbell wanted to be famous. On Sunday, Campbell shot a rookie police officer, sealing his fame – and support from his community.
The 27-year-old native of Jersey City – a fine residential area – entered the Walgreens drug store at Kennedy Boulevard and Communipaw Avenue, assaulted a security guard, took his gun, and waited to ambush the responding police.
When Officer Melvin Santiago, 23, arrived on the scene, Campbell shot him in the head and killed him. In turn, fellow officers shot and killed Campbell.
On Monday, a spontaneous, heartfelt memorial was erected at Orient Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. The memorial included candles, balloons, and messages from friends and family.
The memorial was dedicated to Lawrence Campbell.
Additionally, a Lawrence Campbell Memorial Support Page has been set up on Facebook, where viewers can go to send their condolences, comment on the latest act of police brutality, or wish that Campbell will rot in Hell for eternity.
One of Campbell’s neighbors weighed in on the cop killer.
“He was a good man,” said the neighbor, speaking on condition of anonymity. “He looked out for everybody on the block.”
Campbell’s widow, Angelique Campbell, went even further.
“Angelique is truly sorry for the Santiago family,” said a spokesman for Angelique Campbell, speaking on condition of anonymity, “but she feels that her husband should have killed more officers if they were planning to kill him.”
Angelique later apologized for her comments, but added through her spokesman that her quote was “being taken out of context.”
Disgusted by the existence of the memorial, and disgusted by the comments made by Campbell’s friends and family, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop (D-NJ) ordered the shrine removed. Last night, police officers complied with the mayor’s orders.
“The mayor is determined not to let this ‘shrine’ tarnish the image of Jersey City,” said a Fulop spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity. “We’ve got so many other things going against us. Who needs this, too?”
The people who contributed to the memorial – as well as the well-wishers on the Facebook memorial – are the same type of idiots who wore ‘Free Mike Tyson’ T-shirts years ago – arguing that a psychopathic rapist should be set free from jail.”
But Jersey City police didn’t stop with the memorial to Lawrence Campbell. Other memorials were removed at the same time, including those honoring:
- Bashar al-Assad
- Osama bin Laden
- Adolf Hitler
- Saddam Hussein
- Genghis Khan
- Benito Mussolini
- Josef Stalin
- Kim Jong Un
The Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating whether Campbell’s civil rights might have been violated.
“Just because someone fakes a robbery and waits to ambush and kill a police officer doesn’t mean they’re bad people,” said a DOJ spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity.