News 12 reporter Sean Bergin has been suspended after he argued on the air that the “anti-cop mentality that has so contaminated America’s inner cities” is largely the result of “young black men growing up without fathers.”
A source with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed to TheBlaze on Monday that Bergin has, in fact, been suspended over his remarks about the black community and may end up being fired. The source said Bergin was asked not to come in Monday and Tuesday as the news station figures out how to handle the situation.
News 12, a network of news stations serving various areas mostly in New York and New Jersey, did not return messages left by TheBlaze on Monday.
Here’s what Bergin said on the air:
“We were besieged, 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.”
News 12 New Jersey seemingly scrubbed the news report containing Bergin’s commentary from its website — and the outrage expressed by some was apparently enough to warrant disciplinary action.
Watch the unedited TV news segment below, which includes Bergin’s commentary on the black community:
SOURCE: Jason Howerton