New York Daily News
Actress Susan Sarandon apologized Friday to the families of two fallen NYPD officers after likening members of the department lined up outside Officer Jason Rivera’s funeral to fascists.
“I deeply regret the meme I recently shared on Twitter that included a photo of Officer Jason Rivera’s funeral,” Sarandon tweeted. “I reacted quickly to the picture without connecting it to a police funeral and I realize now how insensitive and deeply disrespectful it was to make that point at that time.”
The actress posted the since-deleted tweet Tuesday — at the same time thousands of officers and New Yorkers stood outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral for slain officer Wilbert Mora’s wake.
“I’m gonna tell my kids this is what fascism looks like,” the original tweet read. “So, if all these cops weren’t needed for CRIME that day, doesn’t that mean they aren’t needed ANY day?” Sarandon wrote over a retweeted photo.
The Oscar-winning actress has been an outspoken critic of police brutality and the NYPD.
“I sincerely apologize to the family of Officers Rivera and Mora for causing additional pain during their time of grieving,” she wrote in the apology.