Mayor lashes out over memorial for cop-killer

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Associated Press

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 11:30 AM

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey mayor is lashing out at residents who are memorializing a man who killed a police officer over the weekend.

A temporary memorial was on display Monday in the Jersey City neighborhood where Lawrence Campbell lived. It includes candles and balloons.

Police say Campbell ambushed 23-year-old officer Melvin Santiago early Sunday.

Campbell's widow, 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, Mayor Steven Fulop called the memorial and her comments "disgusting" and "ignorant." He says they aren't representative of the city as a whole.

Police say they are looking for clues to explain why Campbell, who had prior drug arrests, would have committed such a violent act.

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