JERSEY CITY, N.J. (PIX11) -- As the purple and black bunting drapes the front of the Greenville Police Precinct in Jersey City, it reminds cops of the dangers that can be found on the streets they patrol.
One cop sporting a bullet-proof vest told me off-camera they are concerned about the potential of retaliations.
They're not the only ones.
"Of course I'm concerned about it," said Shawn Blunt a father of four who has lived in Jersey City since he was 12. Blunt told PIX11 News that he has seen more patrols since the shooting death of Rookie officer Melvin Santiago and is cognizant of the reason for them, "You can understand, cops are worried. They don't want to be the next one to get shot. They are worried about what is going on."
PIX11 News spent some time along Wilkinson Avenue meeting with Blunt and his friend Michael Timberlake, himself a father of two, where Michael was asked if the community was on edge? "Yeah, definitely. It's a lot of crime going on out here, shootings and everything. There is a lot of stuff going on out here, but you know."
Elliot Conyers agreed, "I mean there is a lot of things going on out here and nobody is playing safe no more.
The 44-year-old Conyers then shared his story with me on a stoop where he discussed his own recent loss, "I mean, that is somebody's child. Of course I feel remorse for them because they have lost a child like I did. But it's like they lost a child to somebody that shot an officer and I lost a child that, that officer shot my son."
Conyers's son Levi King was shot by a Jersey City police officer on June 24th. Reports say he was reaching for an officers gun. Conyers says it's still under investigation. Meanwhile as his son lives on through a memorial at the corner of Grant and Martin Luther King, cops are now wearing the aforementioned bullet proof vests because of this memo obtained by PIX 11 News. A memo titled "info pertaining to retaliation" where the potential hunting down of cops in memory of King is being discussed on the streets.
Conyers's reaction to the potential violence is that it doesn't solve anything and most importantly, it does not bring his son back.
As for the Jersey City Police Department? They are patrolling the streets and preparing for Officer Santiago's funeral on Friday.