A New Jersey reporter has quit his job after blaming the “anti-cop mentality” he’s observed in New Jersey inner-cities on “young black men growing up without fathers.” Actually, he was demoted, then quit.
News 12′s Sean Bergin was reporting on the murder of rookie Jersey City police officer Melvin Santiago, who was killed by Lawrence Campbell early Sunday morning (July13) in front of a Walgreens.
News 12 spoke to Campbell’s wife, Angelique, who offered up vile commentary when discussing her husband, who was shot dead by officers.
She said, “He should have took more with him if that’s the case. God forgive me, but that’s who I feel. If they was going to stand over my husband land shoot him like a f-cking dog, he should have took all of them out, and that’s how I feel.”
There is no condoning Angelique’s commentary, or the tacky memorial (Thug In Peace, really?) to her cop killer husband. However, she did apologize for her statement, which is not mentioned in the report (see video below).
Bergin is also entitled to his opinion, and his certainly off-script commentary added his own socio-political theory to the mix.
“Now 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,” 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 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 courage to touch that subject.”
Bergin was demoted, and eventually quit. In an interview with The Blaze, he was adamant that he was standing by his position.
“I broke the rules, but I broke the rules because I was doing the right thing,” he told TheBlaze. “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.”
You know what else leads to an anti-cop mentality, which Bergin neglected to mention or explore in his on-air comment? Police brutality and blatant racial profiling (see: NYC’s very recent stop & frisk policies), are just a couple of examples of issues that lead to any Black person’s animosity against those who are supposed to serve and protect.
Also, cop killers are not exclusively Black men, just saying.
What do you think of Bergin’s line of thinking, does he have a point? Should he have been demoted or not? Let us know what you think in the comments.
[H/T The Grio]
Photo: News 12/YouTube