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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?

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