A white New Jersey TV reporter has been suspended after making comments about black families and relations with police.
Sean Bergin’s remarks came during a segment about a fatal police shooting.
Bergin’s report, which aired Sunday, featured the widow of a black man who police say shot a rookie Jersey City police officer to death and who was then killed by officers responding to the shooting.
The widow, Angelique Campbell, told Bergin that Lawrence Campbell should have killed more officers, but she later apologized.
Bergin said in his report that the underlying cause of an anti-police mentality is young black men growing up without fathers.
‘It’s important to shine a light on this anti-cop mentality that has so contaminated America’s inner cities,’ Bergin said after airing the widow’s comments and showing a memorial for her husband. “The underlying cause of all of this, of course, young black men growing up without fathers.”
The TV station said that the response to Bergin’s report was being handled internally and that it doesn’t comment on personnel matters.
Bergin said that he will not return to the station.
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