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Appalled citizens fighting back against memorials to killer of Jersey City police officer

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SHOUT OUT: Although a street shrine for the killer of 23-year-old rookie Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago was torn down last night, two more have taken its place — one just blocks away and the other online.

A group was in the process of assembling thousands of online petition “like”s to convince Facebook to remove the “Memorial Support Page” for the man who killed Santiago and then was slain himself in a gunfight with police over the weekend.

As the number of likes swelled past 7,000, the “memorial” page was taken down — only to replaced by another.

“This page is a disgrace and needs to be shut down immediately,” Danielle Quintino of Hasbrouck Heights wrote on the original “memorial” page. “Facebook needs to do the right thing.”

James Bohan, administrator of the popular Northern Jersey All Incidents page, called on users to “click on the page and REPORT it to Facebook so we can get this garbage out of here. Thank you.”

Unfortunately, Facebook has told those trying to remove the page that it “doesn’t violate our Community Standards.”

Why it came down was unclear.

“This page is shameful,” added retired North Carolina Police Officer John T. Mood. “Police officers are people too, and [the killer] died during a felonious assault on several police officers resulting in the death of a fine young man.”

Jersey City’s Randee Lerner Cassidy also wrote to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg: “I, along with many others, have registered a complaint with Facebook concerning the memorial page set up by friends and family of [THE KILLER], the man responsible for the cold-blooded murder of Police Officer Melvin Santiago, in Jersey City.

“Many have requested that this page be removed and all were denied. Unfortunately, Facebook does not list a category for hate mongering or the assault of moral decency. Facebook should be ashamed that it is supporting this public display of hate mongering. I think you should give your posting policies another look.”

Created last night, the page included images of a smashed rear window of a Jersey City police car and a cartoon of an officer riding a pig. The profile photo was of the killer, as is the profile shot on the replacement page: [Killer] Memorial Support Page).

“This page is to support those against police racial profiling and for supporting anti police brutality!!,” wrote the creator of the new “[Killer] Memorial Support Page” — who, like his predecessor, who isn’t identifying him- or herself.

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A PUBLISHER WRITES: Loved ones of the maniac who shot and killed a 23-year-old rookie Jersey City police officer were free to put a temporary memorial in his neighborhood — the same as any of us were free smash it to bits. Which is apparently what happened. READ MORE….

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“We are here to support the Campbell family in this time of need,” the first post reads. “Also dedicated to the thought that not everyone calls ‘police’ ‘heroes.’ We peacefully demand the police to disarm, and live in a world where rights don’t just exist for the swine.”

It also calls police various vulgar and hateful names.

Among the other pages it likes are the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP), The Thin Blue Line, (Jersey City Mayor) Steven Fulop, SSG BOWE Bergdahl: American Hero and Survive the Street: A Page for Cops.

To go to the new page that aims to have it removed, click here: Petition to take down The [Killer] Memorial Page


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