A TV news anchor for a local station in New Jersey has been suspended after claiming on air that the death of NJ cop Melvin Santiago this weekend was because of "young black men growing up without fathers." The reporter has decided to step down entirely following his suspension, according to reports.

Sean Bergin, an anchor for News 12 New Jersey, made the controversial statement during a Sunday night segment covering Santiago's fatal shooting from earlier that day. Santiago, 23, had been gunned down by alleged suspect Lawrence Campbell outside a Walgreens in Jersey City, with Campbell allegedly bragging he was "going to be famous."

In his report on Sunday, Bergin spoke of the "anti-cop mentality that has so contaminated America's inner cities," claiming that its underlying cause was thanks to"young black men growing up without fathers." He added, "Unfortunately, no one in the news media has the courage to touch that subject."

Bergin was immediately suspended over the remarks—the Associated Press reports he has decided to resign from his position. "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," a station spokesperson told the Daily News.

You can watch a portion of the segment below: