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New York actress Jacqueline Guzman has been fired for criticizing and insulting in a video spread on social networks the mass funeral of a dead police officer, held last Friday in downtown Manhattan.
“Face to Face Films has 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,” the company wrote in a brief statement on its Facebook account and reproduced by The New York Post.
In a video posted on Instagram, which according to The New York Post has since been deleted, Guzman asserted, “We do not need to shut down most of Lower Manhattan because one cop died for probably doing his job incorrectly.”
She also stated that many other 22-year-old young adults die every day in New York for other reasons and the city is not shut down because of them, which drew the ire of many police advocacy groups.
“Like this is f–king ridiculous. This is f–king 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–king cop,” concluded the young actress in the video, which can be seen on user accounts that echoed it.
Thousands of police officers occupied New York’s Fifth Avenue for several hours on Friday to say goodbye to their colleague Jason Rivera, killed at the age of 22 in a shooting last week, which also killed another colleague of his and the assailant who fired on the two.
This week the streets of downtown Manhattan are expected to be closed again to bid farewell to his colleague Wilbert Mora, who was killed in the same incident.