Who is Jessica Beauvais? Drunk NY woman, 32, said 'f**k the police' on Facebook Live before plowing car into cop
She was driving with a suspended license when she plowed her car into NYPD Highway Officer Anastasios Tsakos, 43, on the Long Island Expressway
QUEENS, NEW YORK: A Long Island woman has been charged with killing an NYPD cop as she was drinking while driving her car on Tuesday, April 27. She later offered a tearful apology as she was led out of a police precinct in handcuffs.
Jessica Beauvais, 32, posted a 1 hour and 51-minute Facebook Live video on Monday evening, April 26, as part of her 'Face the Reality' radio show where she addressed the trial of White ex-cop Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. This is when she slammed police officers and the justice system and played the N.W.A song 'F**k Tha Police'. In the video, Beauvais is seen vaping and drinking an unknown dark liquid from a plastic cup and, at one point, washes down the contents of a red shot glass with a bottle of Snapple. The police department later said that she confessed that she had vodka before the deadly accident.
Hours later, Beauvais allegedly started driving her Volkswagen and plowed into NYPD Highway Officer Anastasios Tsakos, 43, on the Long Island Expressway around 2 am on Tuesday morning, April 27. When Beauvais's vehicle hit Tsakos, he was redirecting traffic following a separate fatal car accident in Queens. Tsakos, who was married and was a father of two children — a three-year-old son and a six-year-old daughter — was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The 32-year-old, who was high and driving with a suspended license at the time, allegedly ran away from the scene with a 'completely shattered' windshield before being caught by police. Beauvais, who says she has a 13-year-old son, apologized for Tsakos' death as she was led out of the NYPD's 107th Precinct in handcuffs on Tuesday afternoon, April 27. "I'm sorry that I hit him and that he's dead," she sobbed.
She is set to be indicted on two counts of vehicular manslaughter, and reckless endangerment, leaving an accident resulting in death, fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, and other charges, including driving while intoxicated.
Just hours before the incident, Beauvais streamed a Facebook Live video at 6.37 pm on Monday, April 26. She started the video talking about Chauvin's trial. "This week we are going to talk about the ignorance that was the Derek Chauvin trial - or the ignorance that is essentially just is this f**ing justice system," she says. "Police say an oath and in that oath, they say an oath that they are not supposed to be afraid of that position and that is literally in the rules." She also said that police officers are "signing up for potential death like in the army" and that it is part of the job that people "might try to f**king kill you".
"If you said that you were signing up for this dangerous job and part of that dangerous job is that you are not supposed to be afraid — as part of that job is that people might try to f**king kill you. That's what you're signing up for — potential death like in the army. That's what you signed up for," she added. Beauvais also said that if she ever had a fatal encounter with police, she would make sure she wasn't the only victim. She told her listeners: "Like (hip hop group) NWA say about the police — if you're going to kill me, at least I get to take someone with me. I'm one of those people. If I'm going to go, someone is coming."
She added: "What happened to fighting, I grew up on fighting. I like to fight. My hands and my feet and teeth. It does something for me — what does it do for you? F**king people up never stopped being a thing. Shooting people is still wack. It means you can't fight. It means you're a cop." She signs off the video saying: "F**k the police. F**k them." In the footage, Beauvais can be seen wearing the same clothes that she wore at the time of the incident. She wore a pale blue crop top, navy pencil skirt and matching boots. In a video capturing her arrest, Beauvais looked distraught as she was handcuffed by police officers in front of a patrol car.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said at a joint press conference with Mayor Bill de Blasio that Beauvais was driving while intoxicated and with a suspended license.