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Reporter Suspended For On-Air Remarks About "Young Black Men Growing Up Without Fathers" (Video)

| by Will Hagle

A news reporter has been suspended for claiming on air that the “anti-cop mentality” is directly related to “young black men growing up without fathers.”

The reporter, News 12‘s Sean Bergin, was speaking regarding the murder of police officer Melvin Santiago that occurred outside a Jersey City Walgreens earlier this week. The suspect in that case, 27-year-old Lawrence Campbell, had reportedly told a witness to “watch the news” that night because he was “going to be famous” before firing two shots at Santiago as the officer arrived in his patrol car. 

Bergin and News 12 in general were criticized for subsequently airing footage of Campbell, essentially making his wish to become famous come true. Campbell was shot by other responding officers and died at the scene. 

In response to the criticism, Bergin had the following to say: “We were besiged, flooded with calls from police officers furious that we would give media coverage to the life of a cop killer. It’s understandable. We decided to air it because it’s important to shine a light on the anti-cop mentality that has so contaminated America’s inner cities. This same, sick, perverse line of thinking is evident from Jersey City, to Newark and Patterson to Trenton. 

“It has made the police officer’s job impossible and it has got to stop. The underlying cause of all of this, of course: young black men growing up without fathers. Unfortunately, no one in the news media has the courage to touch that subject.”

For being the only one in the news media with the “courage to touch that subject,” Bergin was suspended and may be fired from his position at News 12, according to the Blaze.