Reporter suspended over on air racial comment

07/15/2014 // West Palm Beach , Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

New Jersey – A News 12 Networks reporter has been suspended over a comment he made about “young black men” on air. As reported by The Wrap, News 12 reporter Sean Bergin made the controversial statement during a segment about the fatal shooting of a Jersey City police officer.

The officer, Melvin Santiago, died after being wounded during a recent shootout at a Walgreens in Jersey City.

Bergin is quoted as stating during the segment, “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 this anti-cop mentality that has so contaminated America’s inner cities.”

He went on to say, “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 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.”

The network has since removed the segment. A spokesperson from News 12 is quoted as saying in a statement about the issue, “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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