Fox News Sued After Kids Watch Their Dad Commit Suicide

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Seconds before JoDon Romero committed suicide.
The family of a man whose suicide was broadcast live on national television on Fox News last year is suing Fox's parent company, claiming emotional distress.

According to the lawsuit filed in Maricopa County court by the mother of three of JoDon Romero's five kids, two of the kids heard at school about a suicide being shown on TV, then went home and watched the clip -- and realized it was their father who gave up running from police, and put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger.

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Back in September, Romero -- who had been out of prison for four months at that point -- stole a car at gunpoint in Phoenix, and it wasn't long before police were on his tail.

Once police determined that continuing to pursue Romero was too dangerous, police went into "surveillance" mode, which included following him with undercover units and a police helicopter.

Near 44th Avenue and Roosevelt, two officers -- one inside an undercover vehicle, the other standing outside a second undercover vehicle -- were parked off to the side of the road. Romero drove at the officers and shot at them before driving his car onto Interstate 10.

At least one car was hit with a bullet, but the officers themselves were not hit.

By the time Romero drove out to around 500th Avenue, he exited the interstate, drove south, and started heading back east.

Romero stopped the car at 491st Avenue, got out, and started running. According to Phoenix police, an officer did fire a single shot at Romero after he got out of the car, but the bullet didn't hit him. Romero shot himself in the head shortly after that, and died right there.

The local Fox affiliate Fox 10 was following the whole scene in their helicopter, and it was being broadcast live across the country on Fox News' Studio B, hosted by Shepard Smith.

The local Fox station, working on a delay, cut out as Romero pulled out a gun, and put it to his head.

Despite Smith's repeated pleas live on the air to "get off" the video, there wasn't enough time, and Romero killed himself in front of a national TV audience.

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Roundthemup
Roundthemup

Hey Monitor, you are right on. I have read the comments from this loser "ptcgaz" and want to remind everyone that their will always be bottom feeders spewing out crap and pissing on the world. With the unique use of his writing skills and vocabulary, I would suggest another option than the isolated family tree theory. He may be just another angry illegal with a 4th grade education hating everything and everybody. He may be a candidate for Sherriff Joe.

losermonitor
losermonitor

Karl, it's a waste of time arguing with the publications top contributor. Obviously hitting the bong that much has taken its toll. Even the New Times calls him a little disturbed. With his responses and language, there is another term that could be used beyond disturbed; but it would be an insult  to the other folks of the hills of Kentucky.

triple_sixinc
triple_sixinc

These looser's don't deserve one red cent period.

paleblueeyes24
paleblueeyes24

Uh they chose to go online and watch the video. It's all about diverting the blame. The person responsible for their PTSD is their father not anyone else. Just another frivolous lawsuit and I hope Fox doesn't settle.

adarc
adarc

I'm not a huge fan of Fox news, but sometimes NEWS happens, and you can't prevent covering some disturbing stuff. I remember seeing video footage of two people jumping from the Twin Towers. They no doubt died. I'm also sure they were someone's children, spouses or parents. The difference here is Romero had another option - he could have just put his hands up and surrendered.

adarc
adarc

Seems to me, with a dad like that, long-term counseling was already in their future.

Karl0123
Karl0123

only they didn't watch it on fox news. they watched it on youtube. they went looking for the footage. they wanted to see someone else's dad commit suicide on live coverage. they wanted to imagine someone else hurting. but then their evil hearts betrayed them. it is only your dad's fault what happened. you cannot blame the anyone else. if you want to blame someone for the emotional trauma of seeing it, blame yourselves.

hdjburns123
hdjburns123

How do we convince all the ACLU lawyers to get in their cars and then shoot themselves ?; starting with the lawyer that took this case from the weak gene pool generated kids.

Rabbi_Pedro_Goldstein
Rabbi_Pedro_Goldstein

BOO fucking HOO. Daddy was in and out of prison his whole adult life. The kids should consider the suicide a good thing.

marcy
marcy

They should have sued their mother for breeding with a good for nothing bum.


Jasen Bartlett
Jasen Bartlett

Good thing the kids weren't in the car as he drove 105mph zig zagging through traffic on public roads on the I-10 westbound after shooting at police.

Aaron Gibson
Aaron Gibson

No. They went home and watched it on youtube according to the article.

Rick Wagner
Rick Wagner

But of course the kids were running home to watch it on tv... Hoping it was somebody else's dad?

Aaron Gibson
Aaron Gibson

If I remember correctly the anchor was yelling at the control room to cut away and they didn't in time. They didn't intend to air the suicide. So IMO they have not case.

Charles Forker
Charles Forker

Make the lawyer who is bringing suit cover all costs , this kind of crap should not be paid for by public.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Sorry, kids, but you got no case. Your daddy was a very bad dude and his offing of himself saved the authorities a lot of time and trouble. The fact that you saw him do this on tv is not Fox's fault. Not all chases end like this one and there's no reason to believe that Fox had any inkling of what was about to happen. Now get your little asses to class.

Jasen Bartlett
Jasen Bartlett

He publicly killed himself. Period. Your kids need therapy because they have a horrific family environment and have unstable parents. I guarantee 100% this burnt cricket mom lets these kids watch rated R movies. I see this guys suicide as one less dirt ball in society and less influence on his kids. Problem is these kids are stuck with a mom who clearly can not establish healthy relationship and make good decision in men and the kids will more then likely turn into scum anyway. Good luck with your lawsuit. I hope the people your husband shot at and recklessly endangered slap your family with an enormous suit that costs you thousands. Problem is you don't work and are already on state funds.

Benjamin Meyer
Benjamin Meyer

Not sure I like the idea of a lawsuit here...if anyone causes someone else to suffer mentally, that is news to me..mental suffering is brought on by oneself..no one causes another's misgivings mentally..people in dysfunctional relationships and that have dysfunctional parents are emotionally abused to the point of suicide on a daily basis..not to excuse the behavior, but mental wellbeing is a choice and allowing others to define ones reality simply gives them a reason to continue to try to do so..

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

So, stations get fined up the wazoo when there is a nipple slip, but not when they show someone blowing their brains out?

Robb Vaules
Robb Vaules

Why are your kids watching Fox News (or any News for that matter). And if you know it is Daddy is being chased by the cops, and you let them watch, it is your own damn fault.

Brandon Doyle
Brandon Doyle

I could really care less, but I do hate me some Fox News so I guess I'm kinda glad. 100 bucks says they settle out of court.

Greg Guerrero
Greg Guerrero

It's not if it's when a person will do this, as far as choosing death over arpaios jails, that a flip of the coin , this time landed on heads

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

Seems to me that Dad was the one who made the decision that his suicide should be made public, not the TV network.  Sucks to be his kids.


ptcgaz
ptcgaz

@paleblueeyes24 Fox Noise is in the wrong here. Shepard smith can suck a dick. He didn't care and his apology was bullshit.  I have seen the video. It's on  youtube in one of the police chase channels.

it was uploaded on the same day as the chase.. likely it's the source of the video where the kids saw it. That is kinda fucked up, so fuck you.


ptcgaz
ptcgaz

@adarc you realize that most of the time they go to time delay right? It lasts 10-15 seconds. Phx seems to not do that tho, like most other markets do, maybe cause of all the blood thirsty right wingers here?

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

@adarc possibly, but watching their dad die wasn't something that would help them?


ptcgaz
ptcgaz

@Karl0123 and you know all of this shit how?

BTW Fox Noise wants the video to be on youtube. You know how quick videos are pulled for "copyright infringement? apparently you aren't on youtube enough

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

@hdjburns123 STFU moron. What does the ACLU have to do with anything you ignorant asswipe. You are one of the people that the live suicide appeals too? BTW I watched the video only cause it was from AZ I didn't really wanna see the suicide part.


Barrayaran
Barrayaran

@hdjburns123, there's nothing in the article that states the ACLU is involved, and since their entire reason for existence is to defend first amendment rights, they'd likely be on the side of broadcaster if they were involved.  

FerrisAgain
FerrisAgain

@Aaron Gibson They watched the Fox News coverage on YouTube. That's a pretty important distinction. 

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

@Aaron Gibson they didn't intend it but at the same time they allowed it to happen on live tv and they haven't taken the video off of youtube, fox news doesn't give a shit..


ptcgaz
ptcgaz

@Charles Forker hmm last time I checked they were suing fox spews who have big rich asshole lawyers who do worse then this lawyer is doing.. so STFU

wtf...
wtf...

@Charles Forker They're suing FOX!!! read again.

FerrisAgain
FerrisAgain

@eric.nelson745 Except the local station managed to get it off the air, while the syndicated Fox News actually aired someone killing himself. That's terrible "journalism", but what else would we expect, really. 

FerrisAgain
FerrisAgain

@Jasen Bartlett How the heck do you know they're on welfare? 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@WhoKnows  

This was the real world, not something choreographed by Tarantino, and it certainly wasn't an extreme close-up.

You see a man in the distance holding a gun to his head and then falling over.


ptcgaz
ptcgaz

@valleynative really, so he pulls out into the middle of no where and commits suicide, and somehow he did it on purpose and in front of the greedy fucking vultures, IE Fox 10 and FOX NEWS. That is absurd............

paleblueeyes24
paleblueeyes24

Nice!! "F" me?!?! You're an intelligent one aren't you?!?! The kids shouldn't have went online and watched the video. There is a lot of graphic media on the Internet. If you decide to look at some you do so on your own accord. Nobody forces you to look at it.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@valleynative @WhoKnows That is exactly why most responsible "news" organizations show this stuff with a delay.


Or is that only to catch nipple slips?

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

@WhoKnows @valleynative lol it was Fox Noise that fucked up, they had the machines that could make the tape delay possible. FFS

teknik
teknik topcommenter

I agree. it seemed like a ratings grab for me, from the lowest of the news in the nation, one step above a tabloid.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@valleynative @WhoKnows So, you admit the Fox station screwed up and did NOT use a delay.  They should have a much larger fine than for a "nipple slip", don't you agree?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@WhoKnows @valleynative The anchor thought they did have a tape delay, but apparently they were either broadcasting the wrong signal or whoever was supposed to be monitoring didn't realize what he was seeing.  It's not as if there was a "bang" and brains flying.

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