Jacqueline Guzman: NYC actress FIRED for slamming street closure for Jason Rivera's funeral
A New York City actress has been fired by her theater company for criticizing street closures for murdered NYPD cop Jason Rivera's funeral in an online rant that she deleted soon after it went viral. “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,” said Jacqueline Guzman said in the clip which appeared on TikTok under the handle @vinylboobs.
On Friday, January 28, Guzman filmed herself walking down an empty barricaded street. At one point, she panned the camera to show the viewers the closed street. “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,” she said.
After Guzman's video went viral, she was widely criticized for being "totally disrespectful". “New Yorkers turned out by the thousands yesterday to help us honor our fallen brother. 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,” PBA President Patrick Lynch said. One Brooklyn cop said, "The video was totally disrespectful, not only to the NYPD but to all New York residents and to all humans. If this is the only way she can get publicity, I feel very sorry for her.”
Guzman's acting company Face to Face Films took to its Facebook page to condemn her video. “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 said in the Facebook post. Guzman’s bio on the Face to Face site said that she “is a Cuban American actress based in NYC, originally from Hialeah, Florida.” However, the bio was later removed.
NYPD cop Jason Rivera lost his life after he was shot by a domestic violence suspect in Harlem, Manhattan. 22-year-old Jason Rivera and fellow NYPD officer Wilbert Mora, 27, had attended a domestic call on Friday, January 21. Upon reaching the scene, Rivera was fatally shot in the hallway by a 47-year-old suspect, who was supposedly arguing with his mother. He fell onto his back and succumbed to his injuries. His partner Wilbert Mora, who was also injured in the attack, later succumbed to his injuries.