On April 27, a 32-year-old New York radio host who streamed herself on Facebook asserting “F*** the police,” then hours later drove her Volkswagen into a NYPD highway officer who was redirecting traffic, killing him, complained as she was in the back of the squad car following her arrest, “Why did my first accident have to be a cop? Not that I wanted it to be someone else, but f***, I’ve been driving since I was 16 and haven’t hit as much as a pothole,” the New York Daily News reported.
On Tuesday, Jessica Beauvais was arraigned in Queens Supreme Court on a 13-count indictment for the death of NYPD Highway Officer Anastasios Tsakos, whose leg was severed in the collision as he was hurled roughly 200 feet, according to the indictment.
On her “Face the Reality” radio show, Beauvais posted a nearly two-hour Facebook stream in which she spoke of the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, saying, “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.” Playing the song “F**k Tha Police” by N.W. A., she added, “Like 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.”
“Throughout 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 Daily Mail reported. “Police sources claim she later confessed to guzzling vodka before the deadly accident.”
“What happened to fighting?” she asked, according to the outlet. “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***ing people up never stopped being a thing. Shooting people is still wack. It means you can’t fight. It means you’re a cop.”
After signing off around 2 a.m. by saying, “F*** the police. F*** them,” Beauvais, who had a suspended license, drove onto the Long Island Expressway, according to the criminal complaint, where Anastasios Tsakos, 43, the father of a six-year-old daughter and three-year-old son, was redirecting traffic after a separate fatal car accident.
Once she reached the precinct stationhouse, Bauvais reportedly told cops, “I was driving tonight. I was operating the vehicle, I was going to pick up my son. I came from the studio, I had a shot of Absolut 1800. I don’t drink, I smoke. I smoke weed regularly. I drank two glasses of wine and dropped my son off in West Hempstead [L.I.]. I smoked at the podcast studio. I had two more glasses of wine and had two shots of 1800 Patron, I don’t know why they stopped me. Speeding, I guess. They say I hit someone. I heard a thump.”
After the arraignment, Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch stated: “She’s been remanded, but let me tell you this, when you look in that courtroom and see that woman, she doesn’t look evil, but the words she said the night before were hurtful. She doesn’t look evil, but her actions created evil. She has to answer for what she’s done. She has to pay for the consequences that those hateful words and those evil actions caused to a police officer and his family. She knows she did it because she confessed to it. She’s in prison now because she ran. She meant to run. She didn’t care about any other police officers or the public.”
The 13-count indictment against Beauvais included aggravated manslaughter, manslaughter, aggravated criminally negligent homicide, and vehicular manslaughter. She pled not guilty but was denied bail.
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