A New Jersey news reporter was reportedly suspended Monday after he blamed anti-police sentiments among inner-city residents on "young black men growing up without fathers."
News 12 reporter Sean Bergin was giving a live report about rookie Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago, who was killed Sunday by suspect Lawrence Campbell, 27, in a shootout at a local Walgreens.
The station interviewed angry residents who had gathered at a makeshift memorial for Mr. Campbell, who was also killed in the shootout.
"He should've taken more [officers] with him," his widow, Angelique Campbell, told the station. "Sorry for the officer's family. That's, you know, whatever. But, at the end of the day, [Lawrence] got a family, too. All they care about is the officer."
Mr. Bergin closed the report with a short monologue, that ultimately got him suspended, The Blaze reported.
"We were besieged, flooded with calls from police officers furious that we would give media coverage to the life of a cop killer," he said. "It's understandable. We decided to air it because it's important to shine a light on this 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," he continued. "It has made the police officer's job impossible, and it has got to stop. The underlying cause for 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."
A source with direct knowledge of the situation told The Blaze on Monday that Mr. Bergin was told not to come into work until the news station figures out how to handle the situation.
In a statement to The Wrap, News 12 said: "It is News 12's policy that reporters must be objective and not state personal opinions on-air. In regards to the particular incident with Sean Bergin, the matter is being addressed internally and we don't comment on personnel matters."
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