*Following commentary he made on-air about “young black men growing up without fathers,” a New York area TV reporter has quit his job.
Officer Melvin Santiago was allegedly killed by Lawrence Campbell, who was said to have had previous drug arrests on his record. Bergin interviewed Campbell’s wife Angelique, in the original news story – against the chagrin of many, he later found out; and the wife expressed brief condolences for Santiago’s family yet insisted “at the end of the day, [her husband] had family, too…and that her husband should have “took more” officers with him.
At one point in his broadcast Bergin claims Mrs. Campbell “echoed the ‘anti-cop mentality’ of many we spoke with in that crime-ridden neighborhood today.”
The news broadcast ended, then switched location, with Bergin back at the studio, but still on-camera, with a final note:
It’s worth noting that we were besieged, flooded with calls by police officers furious that we would give media coverage to the wife of a cop killer. 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 Paterson to Trenton. 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 coverage to touch that subject.
But after his comments Bergin was given the “equivalent of a demotion,” according to TheBlaze – telling the site that the station wanted to dock his pay and reduce his work load.
Yet Bergin did admit that his ‘off-script’ moment was against company policy:
I broke the rules, but I broke the rules because I was doing the right thing. You can’t fix a problem if you don’t talk about the problem. The truth is, 73 percent of African-American children grow up without fathers. It’s a topic that needs to be handled delicately — and really, this situation could have been used as a way to explore that.
See the on-air report in which Sean Bergin makes his “young black men growing up without fathers” comment:
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