Police Officer’s Killing Marks Violent Crime Surge In Jersey City


The fatal shooting of a Jersey City, N.J., police officer marks a surge in violent crime for a city where struggling neighborhoods coexist alongside areas of urban revival, says the Wall Street Journal. The city’s downtown area is characterized by skyscrapers, brownstones and restaurants, a transformation that took place slowly over 20 years and escalated in the past few years. A handful of major crimes occurred there this year. Not far away is where 11 of the 14 homicides took place in 2014. In June, 11 of 13 guns citywide were recovered by police in those districts.

The shooting of officer Melvin Santiago occurred outside a Walgreens pharmacy early Sunday. The assailant, Lawrence Campbell, 27, walked inside the store, attacked a security guard with a knife and stole his gun, officials said. He then waited four minutes for police to respond and shot Santiago in the head at close range when he arrived at the scene. Campbell then fired three shots at a second squad car of officers. Those officers returned fire and Campbell, who was a suspect in another homicide, was killed.

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