“Today was a horrible day for Jersey City. At 0409 hours, Jersey City Police responded to the Walgreen’s at the corner of Communipaw Avenue and Kennedy Boulevard on a call of an armed robbery. The first responding officers were Officers Santiago and Martinez, who responded from Bergen and Lexington. The actor fired at the marked police car, striking Officer Santiago – who was still inside the vehicle – in the head. Officer Melvin Santiago was pronounced dead shortly after at the Jersey City Medical Center. Additional responding officers returned fire at the actor, who was shot and pronounced dead at the scene. The armed security guard at the Walgreen’s stated that the actor struck him and took his weapon, which police believe was the weapon used in the shooting. The incident remains under active investigation.
By Ricardo Kaulessar Photos by Ricardo Kaulessar
The odds of Governor Chris Christie, Jersey City Mayor
Steven Fulop, New Jersey U.S.
Attorney Paul Fishman and former NBA player Jayson Williams all being at the same place seems highly unlikely. Unless the issue is prisoner reentry.
The topic of ex-offenders coming back into society was what brought the four men into the same space as they were all keynote speakers at the Prisoner Reentry: Breaking the Cycle conference held on April 17 at Saint Peters University in Jersey City.
The event, sponsored by various entities including the Jersey City
Employment and Training Office, Integrity House and Saint Peters University, is an extension of the policy goal of the new Employment and Training Office Director, former Governor Jim McGreevey, to help those coming out of jail to integrate back into society.
Williams, the onetime New Jersey Nets star, shared his powerful personal story of rebuilding his life after serving time in prison for several brushes with the law including the accidental shooting death of his limousine driver, Costas “Gus” Christofi, in 2002. Continue reading Prisoner Reentry from Personal Testimony to Politics