A New York City-based actress was fired this weekend after receiving backlash for her viral TikTok complaint that the city didn’t need to be shut down for “one f——— cop” whose funeral was held Friday at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Officer Jason Rivera of the New York City Police Department was killed by a suspect on January 21 while responding to a domestic dispute in Harlem. A second officer died a few days later.
Thousands lined Manhattan’s streets on Friday to mourn Rivera, 22, but actress Jacqueline Guzman was most likely not among them, according to the New York Post.
The actress went on a TikTok rant about street closures caused by the funeral.
“We do not need to shut down most of Lower Manhattan because one cop died for probably doing his job incorrectly,” she said. “They kill people who are under 22 every single day for no good reason and we don’t shut down the city for them.”
She continued, “Like this is f–—– ridiculous. This is f–—– ridiculous. What if somebody is having a heart attack in this area? Nobody can get to them because it’s all blocked off for one f–—– cop.”
She later deleted the post.
Police officers and social media commenters rebuked Guzman’s complaints, calling her “disrespectful” and saying she should be “ashamed” of herself.
“Twitter is forever. Bless your unemployed heart,” another wrote.
“New Yorkers turned out by the thousands yesterday to help us honor our fallen brother,” New York City Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said in a statement, according to the Post. “One person spreading hate cannot erase that. This kind of garbage has polluted the conversation for far too long.
We need the New Yorkers who are standing with us to speak up and push back.” Her employer, Face to Face Films, wrote on its Facebook page Saturday, it had “just been made aware of an insensitive video involving one of our members, Jacqueline Guzman. Face to Face.
Films does not support nor can condone these comments made about fallen Officer Rivera. As a result, she is no longer a member of our company.”
Wilbert Mora, Rivera’s 27-year-old partner, died of his injuries days later.