New Jersey News 12 reporter Sean Bergin was 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.”

News 12 asked Bergin not to come in Monday and Tuesday as the news station figures out how to handle the situation, which could mean a possible termination.

Bergin was speaking  in regards to the murder of police officer Melvin Santiago that occurred outside a Jersey City Walgreens last week.  The suspect in that case, 27-year-old Lawrence Campbell, had reportedly told a witness to “watch the news” that night because he was “going to be famous” before firing two shots at Santiago as the officer arrived in his patrol car.

During the broadcast Bergin stated: “We were besiged, 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.”

One has to wonder if Bergin feels the same way about the cops who practice police brutality. Did they also grow up without fathers?





  1. noirluv45

    No, I really don’t think he does. One cannot say there is a problem SIMPLY because there is no father in the household. Let me ask you, how many family do you know of where the is in the household beating the mother and molesting his daughters. Not having a father is not a deal breaker, and when White folks quit using these myths (read the latest stats on the TRUTH about Black fathers) and start examining their sick mindset they’ve had since they lived in caves, then we can talk.

    Trust me, I’ve been a CASA AND worked for my former city domestic violence unit and I can guarantee you that having a father in the household does not mean a damn thing.

  2. vintage3000

    Unless his employers are Black, Black people had nothing to do with him getting fired.

  3. I am very comfortable now that he is suspended so it worked out for the best.

  4. Loren Piller

    Reap what we have sown. So my working along side blacks bringing their children into my home after they have been thrown out of theirs, hiring blacks, treating them as fellow human beings was a waste of time because racists like you have so much hate in you that you carry it from generation to generation. I shall go educate my white brethren that there are blacks that don’t care about any good a particular white man does he is still the deil in your eyes. I think you should join the Islamic faith. You would fit in nicely. They hate everybody who is a muslim. Thank you for confirming my personal decksions to tread carefully among blacks.

    • vintage3000

      ” to tread carefully among blacks”

      …while you continue to troll a BLACK website.

      And continue to “tread carefully”, the air smells better without your kind around.

  5. Wanda

    While I think that his rant was simplifying things too much, I do think that the breakup of the family structure in our communities has devastated Jersey City, Newark, Paterson, Chicago, Harlem, Trenton and many other places.

    I come from a family with a history in New York City law enforcement. One of my relatives helped start a black police organization called the Guardians. Even they see the change.

    As an educator, I have seen the everyday effects of what family breakup has meant to our people. Our children cannot compete with the Asian and white children who are growing up in towns where families with mothers and fathers living in the household are still the majority. Statistically, even the Hispanic children are passing our kids due to more stable family structure (which WE used to have better than all the other groups!!!).

    Something has gone horribly wrong.

    I’m glad that I grew up in a period when most of our families AND communities were intact. I feel terribly for our children today trying to navigate all the confusion.

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