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Widow of alleged cop-killer says he should have taken out more police

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officerBy Andrew Scot Bolsinger

Make-shift memorials for those suddenly killed in the prime of their lives are not unusual, but the memorial for the man who killed a 23-year-old New Jersey police officer sprang up with tributes across the state.

Police say Lawrence Campbell, 27, ambushed officer Melvin Santiago early Sunday morning when Santiago went to investigate a robbery at a Jersey City Walgreens. Investigators say he stole a gun from a security guard and used that to kill Santiago, a 23-year-old rookie officer. Other police then shot and killed Campbell.

Outside the Walgreens parking lot, mourners set up a shrine for the fallen police officer. But nearby, a memorial for Campbell grew even bigger.

“Rest easy,” “Thug in peace” and “See u on the other side” were among the things friends wrote to Campbell.

Campbell’s widow, Angelique Campbell, said that she wished her husband had killed more officers before they gunned him down.

“That’s how I feel. God forgive me, but that’s how I feel,” Angelique Campbell told local reporters in New Jersey at the memorial. Campbell, a convicted felon, was also wanted in connection with a recent Jersey City homicide.  “If that’s the case, he should’ve took more with him. If they was going to stand over my husband and shoot him like a f—ing dog, he should’ve took all of them the f— out,” Campbell’s wife said.

She later apologized for her comments.

Campbell’s neighbor, Barbara Jones told local reporters that the man they knew was not the same man portrayed in the media.

“He was a good man. He looked out for everybody on the block,” Jones said.

Santigao’s stepfather, Alex McBride, did not agree, blasting Campbell’s wife.

“He should have killed more?” he asked. “Come on, is she serious?”

The fallen officer’s dad also criticized Pierre Monsanto, 58, the security guard who was attacked by Campbell.

“I think he’s an idiot,” McBride said. “How are you going to let someone come into your store, beat you up and take your gun?”

What are your thoughts?  Is there a side of the story to be told by those who’ve been shot by police officers?  There are thousands of cases of police corruption, officers dealing drugs and police killing suspects out of revenge.  Is there room to consider the possibility that not everyone shot by police was automatically doing something to deserve to die?


Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at and can be followed @CriminalUniv on Twitter.


  1. seemespeak

    July 16, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    cops in Jersey are rotten to the fucking core.

  2. Tiamtte

    July 16, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    I lived in New York and honestly, the way the police treat people leads them to have little sympathy when something happens to one of them. Sometimes in anger, you speak out of emotion rather than conscious thought. I completely understand her mentality. She is crying for the loss of someone she loved and you can’t rationalize love. Anyone who can’t understand that never loved someone.

  3. SweetTweet

    July 16, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Santiago Sr.,The criminal just got the drop on the security guard. This isn’t the first time a criminal got the upper hand. I hope you are calling the security guard an “idiot” because of your loss and nothing more.

  4. Khalif El'Muhammad

    July 16, 2014 at 3:38 pm


  5. redbone

    July 16, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    I’m in agreement with the sister 100% , and know this Mrs Campbell / *Your husband died with “HONOR”, and God’s got the last word. They killed him just like they killed Jesus… that’s the difference… Mr Campbell is a blessed blackman and he finished his course, he’s batting 1000 now… Best believe if the police officer had a wicked evil racist heart his demon azz is not at rest because he boomeranged his filthy dumb donkey lower life form rattlesnake black-cobra azz straight to the deep dark Pitts of he!!…… Rejoice sister because your battle has not been lost… We don’t serve a weak God… We are spirit-people housing a piece of flesh for a temperol moment… Smoochezzz!!!!

  6. redbone

    July 16, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Tell him again “Sweet tweets”….!! They need to start learning what the full affects of their destructive evil nature feels like. Amen / Get on your d@Mn knees and “Repent” Mr Santiago because that’s just one piece of your seed…. hum I wonder who’s next because Gods word says: You Reap what you sew….wink! Clean your wicked heart up man!!!

  7. Larry

    July 16, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    IDF kills poor brown people in Palestine and USA cops kill poor black people american. Sometime poor people fight back.

  8. Hiroader2

    July 16, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    The bad police share the same judicial system, badges & uniforms as the good police.., Because of the so-called ‘”code of silence”.., There’s practically no difference… But did she say they stood over a dead body and just fire bullets into a lifeless caucus?… I still remember the St. Louis man recording police telling him to set someone up for murder or HE would nine years….. It’s the counter comments like Alex McBride’s that come off like *all* police actions are nothing less the honorable… Which is hard to believe regarding documented video &witness proof…

  9. tariqw123

    July 20, 2014 at 9:47 am

    White cops murdering so called “Black” people is absolutely nothing new.

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