Susan Sarandon has apologized for her post, claiming she didn't connect "it to a police funeral" in her haste to share it.
"I deeply regret the meme I recently shared on Twitter that included a photo of Officer Jason Rivera's funeral," she tweeted Friday. "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."
"I sincerely apologize to the family of Officers Rivera and Mora for causing additional pain during their time of grieving," she added.
The post, which Sarandon shared on Tuesday, included a tweet posted by podcaster Danny Haiphong. Alongside a photo that showed the thousands of NYPD officers who lined the streets for Rivera's memorial, Haiphong wrote, "I'm gonna tell my kids this is what fascism looks like."
In her tweet, below, Sarandon added a message next to Haiphong's post, writing, "So, if all these cops weren't needed for CRIME that day, doesn't that mean they aren't needed ANY day?" Her tweet also featured flames in the background.
It's not confirmed whether or not Sarandon created the image herself. TooFab has reached out to Sarandon's reps for comment but has yet to hear back.
On January 21, Jason Rivera, 22, and his partner, Wilbert Mora, 27, were fatally shot after responding to a domestic violence incident in Harlem. Thousands of officers came out in an "ocean of blue" to pay their respects to Rivera at his memorial last Friday as well as at Mora's funeral on Wednesday.
Sarandon's post went viral on Twitter, with many in law enforcement calling out the Oscar winner for her comments.
"This is what privilege looks like: a wealthy actress, safe in her bubble, mocking heroes & making light of the crisis that cops are battling alongside our communities," the Police Benevolent Association of New York shared on their Twitter account. "NYC is uniting to stop the violence -- @SusanSarandon is living on a different planet.
The National Fraternal Order of Police tweeted, "Of all the days for @SusanSarandon to share her true feelings towards police, she picks the day we bury our fallen brother to make such inflammatory & brainless comments. When you spend more time hating on cops than you do your own career, it's no wonder why you're a D-list actor."
Retired NYPD detective Angel L. Maysonet and retired Los Angeles detective Sal LaBarbera also blasted Sarandon. "There are 35K #NYPD cops in NYC. This is 3 hours. Many off duty, other agencies, representing over 850K sworn LEOs in this country. Shame on you @SusanSarandon 2 young Dominican cops were killed & you spread anti police rhetoric. You're a disgusting person," wrote Maysonet, while LaBarbera tweeted, "You seriously need help. Let's hope you never need us."
Others also said Sarandon should "show some respect" and apologize to Rivera and Mora's families.
A user tweeted, "One woman lost her husband and the other lost her son. They were protecting a mother from her abusive son when they were assassinated. These officers come from all over the country to pay respects and support the families. #ShameOnYou There, but for the grace of God."