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A New York City actress was abruptly fired after she complained on social media about the inconvenience of road closures in Manhattan as the New York Police Department honored slain officer Jason Rivera.
According to the New York Post, actress Jacqueline Guzman lost her acting job after posting a video online Friday ranting about road closures during Rivera’s funeral.
“We do not need to shut down most of Lower Manhattan because one cop died for probably doing his job incorrectly. They kill people who are under 22 every single day for no good reason and we don’t shut down the city for them,” Guzman said in the video as she walked down the street while wearing a face mask.
“Like this is f***ing ridiculous. This is f***ing 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***ing cop,” Guzman added.
Guzman has since deleted the video from the internet, as well as her other social media accounts. However, the video was reposted by other people who shared it across social media.
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Face to Face Films, a theatre and film company that employed Guzman, posted a statement Saturday on Facebook explaining that Guzman had been fired over the video.
“Face to Face Films has just been made aware of an insensitive video involving one of our members, Jacqueline Guzman,” the statement said. “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,” the statement added.
As thousands of NYPD officers mourned Rivera’s death on Friday, his young widow, Dominique Luzuriaga, made headlines after she blasted new Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.
“The system continues to fail us. We are not safe any more, not even the members of the service,” she said, according to the New York Daily News. “I know you were tired of these new laws, especially the ones from the new DA. I hope he’s watching you speak through me right now.”