He also pointed out that he was well aware that he went "beyond the reservation". Bergin said that he expected to get a reprimand or a suspension and would then be able to return to his regular job.
Instead he was suspended but only offerred a once a week position for $300 a week.
When Bergin gave his opinion saying 'It's important to shine a light on this anti-cop mentality that has so contaminated America's inner cities,' Bergin said. 'The underlying cause of all of this, of course, young black men growing up without fathers,' he explained that part of the reason he said this was that the police didn't want him to air the video of Lawrence Campbell's widow saying he should have "shot all the cops". Knowing that the police department was going to be very angry with him for airing the video he felt compelled to make the comment criticizing the mentality behind her comments and pointing out why he believes that mentality exists.
I understand why News 12 wants to maintain objectivity and keep opinion out of their newscasts. They want to be fair and not allienate any of their viewers. However, like I said in my last blog, he never would have been fired if he was criticizing some white racists for something. I do think it's possible that if all he did was focus on shaming and exposing that mentality and not gotten into why that mentality exists he may have gotten less of a punishment and maybe none at all. I sympathize with him, but I am objective enough to admit he had kind of an in your face attitude when he made his views known. It was as if he was saying 'everyone knows I am right and the liberal media just doens't want to admit it.
I personally feel unsure about why that mentality exists and think it may have a little bit more to do with the gangster rap culture which heavily glorifies the Thug mentality and the unwillingness to speak out against that mentality out of fear of being called a racist. When people are afraid to speak out against what is clearly wrong, it flourishes. I think he, and a lot of us are fustrated about that and sympathize with him. This attitude needs to be shamed and exposed. That part of what he said, I totally agree with.