“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.”
That’s a quote from a TikTok clip created by and starring a New York woman and local actress named Jacqueline Guzman.
As her phone video scanned the area showing police, cars and citizens she continued her repulsive diatribe.
“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.”
I’m sure the aspiring thespian’s main concern was other people needing ambulance care when she decided to click onto her TikTok account, or whatever you do to Tik and then Tok.
If an understanding of human nature and timing are necessary skills for those in the creative performance community, Guzman showed little aptitude for either the other day.
The day of NYPD Officer Jason Rivera’s funeral.
A funeral that obviously annoyed Ms. Guzman. By any measurable means the solemn gathering attended by thousands was a tribute to the truest kind of hero. A man who willingly put himself in harm’s way to protect the innocent and paying for it with his young life. A life never to be fulfilled. A life he was sharing with his wife. A life that included dreams and plans and goals and giving.
But no matter, Ms. Guzman suffered annoyance. She couldn’t understand why her unfettered movement between established safe spaces with other self-absorbed fame seekers, need be interrupted simply because “one fucking cop” was killed.
Oh, the bother.
So, she did what millions of self-obsessed narcissists do when vapid thoughts enter their clueless craniums, she grabbed her phone to share them with others of her ilk. So, onto TikTok she went, where she whined and complained that because of the death of “one fucking cop” her daily route to Starbucks was interrupted.
Oh, the humanity!
Finally, to solidify the case I’m making concerning Ms. Guzman’s complete lack of human compassion as well as her ignorance about the value of “one fucking cop,” consider some specifics of her spewings.
The wannabe movie star blamed the hero officer’s death on him saying, he “died for probably doing his job incorrectly”.
While I’m sure this young artiste has hundreds of viewings of Law & Order episodes under her belt, she is beyond oblivious when it comes to not only what actually happened, but how police officers do their jobs. She is of the opinion that the heroic Officer Jason Rivera probably was killed because he “incorrectly” did his job.
Then she made a declaration that was so demonstrably erroneous, prejudiced, insulting and stupidly biased that it proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that she lacks any semblance of honor or the ability to think critically outside of her safety bubble.
“They kill people who are under 22 every single day for no good reason and we don’t shut down the city for them.”
An insane statement. Wrong on every single level.
The Humanity of “One Fucking Cop”
But enough about Guzman and others of her ilk. To use her name in the same article with the names of truly honorable, courageous, All-American heroes, does them beyond a disservice.
On January 21st newly married NYPD Officer Jason Rivera, just 22 years old, was murdered after responding to a domestic call in Harlem with his 27-year-old partner Wilbert Mora. Mora also shot, subsequently died but not before his family arranged for his organs to be donated. The lives of five people were saved by Officer Mora even after he had left this life.
Why are they dead?
Because they showed up. Because they signed up. Because something about their humanity refused to let them live their lives on the sidelines. Something about their spirits drove them to serve, to risk, to save lives.
Just like 99-freaking-percent of every man and woman who dons the uniform and takes the oath!
Those things, those soulful sentiments, those spirited drives to serve others, humanity, the country, the community, is something that is foreign to people who live their lives like the woman who produced her 30 second TikTok post.
No cop has ever pretended all cops are perfect. We don’t deny some make mistakes and commit crimes. We do.
But to characterize police officers as the criminals, as evil, as racist murderers? Well honestly, those who do are soulless cowards.
In this particular case, you have an actual example of two young men who risked – and in fact sacrificed – their own lives for people they didn’t even know.
How do you even explain that to someone like the wanna be celebrity and aspiring actress?
The Poetry of Scars
To be a great actor, I have read, you have to have the ability to tap into real human emotions, acknowledge them, feel them, embrace them, even if only for a short time.
The best actors, writers, standup comedians, have lived life. Experienced ups and downs. The best embrace the downs, the struggles, the pains. They recognize that while those seemed like the worst of times, in retrospect they formed the best of their humanity.
Ray Wylie Hubbard wrote a fantastic song titled, Bad Trick. In it there is a line that goes, “You’ve got to have some scars if you wanna be a poet.”
I would guess that Ms. Guzman and others of her stripe will fail in life because they avoid the scars. Choosing to pretend that the true dangers and violence of society don’t exist. Instead, they blanket themselves in emotional bubble wrap, run from contrary ideas – viewing them as violence – and search for validation of their fantasized ideologies.
And they can do that because in this country there are people ready, willing and able to protect them.
But rather than acknowledging that reality, they, from that protection, shamelessly complain, condemn and disparage – with sanctimonious fervor – their protectors.
I sincerely hope that Ms. Guzman develops the ability to engage in introspection. I hope the same for those in this country who agree with her views.
In the meantime, pray for the families and friends of Wilbert Mora and Jason Rivera. Watch, if you can, the speech Jason Rivera’s wife delivered at his funeral. It is truly one of the absolute most emotional, heartfelt and honest messages I’ve ever heard in my life.
I was listening to it driving home. I literally turned it off and called my wife sobbing. I couldn’t emotionally absorb it all in one sitting and certainly not while I was driving.
Watch that young, soulful, devastated beautiful woman. Then watch the TikTok post from the community theatre actress.
What a difference. And making a difference, is what life is all about. Even when you lose yours.
God bless those who truly serve.
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