The NYPD cop killed within the line of obligation by an obvious drunk driver who filmed herself saying ‘f**okay the police’ and downing pictures earlier than embarking on a lethal hit-and-run has been posthumously promoted to detective at his funeral.
A whole lot of mourners gathered Tuesday morning to pay their respects to NYPD Freeway Officer Anastasios Tsakos at St. Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Shrine Church in Greenlawn, New York, as his grieving widow gave an emotional tribute to the ‘love of my life.’
Tsakos, a 43-year-old married father of two and 14-year veteran cop, died final Tuesday when Jessica Beauvais, 32, plowed into him in her Volkswagen on the Lengthy Island Expressway.
The site visitors cop was redirecting autos following a separate deadly automotive accident in Queens when Beauvais’ automotive allegedly veered and struck him head on, hurtling him round 200 ft. He was rushed to hospital the place he was pronounced lifeless.
Beauvais, who was allegedly intoxicated and driving with a suspended license on the time, allegedly sped away from the scene with a ‘fully shattered’ windshield earlier than being stopped by police.
Police mentioned she was virtually double the authorized alcohol restrict on the time and later confessed to consuming wine, vodka and smoking weed earlier than getting behind the wheel of her automotive.
Later that day, she was led out of the NYPD’s 107th Precinct in handcuffs sobbing that she was ‘sorry that I hit him and that he is lifeless.’
Hours earlier than the deadly encounter, Beauvais posted a rambling video of herself on Fb Reside the place she mentioned law enforcement officials are ‘signing up for potential dying’ as a part of the job and boasted about carrying a knife whereas consuming unknown liquids all through the footage.
She now faces 13 fees together with manslaughter within the second diploma, aggravated manslaughter within the second diploma, vehicular manslaughter within the second diploma and leaving the scene of an incident with out reporting/dying. She faces as much as 15 years in jail if convicted.
Irene Tsakos and her two kids after the funeral held for her husband who died final week within the line of obligation
A police automotive honoring fallen NYPD Police officer Anastosios Tsakos on the church the place the service was held in Greenlawn
NYPD pall bearers carry the casket out of the church after the funeral providers for the NYPD cop killed within the line of obligation by an obvious drunk driver
The officer’s spouse and two kids gathered for the service. His grieving widow gave an emotional tribute to the ‘love of my life’
New York Metropolis Invoice de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea spoke at Tuesday’s almost two-hour service which was restricted to 180 attendees because of the pandemic.
Dozens extra gathered outdoors the church with the streets across the space a sea of blue as fellow law enforcement officials and neighborhood members paid their respects to the fallen officer.
Tsakos lay in an open casket within the church flanked by massive portraits and floral wreaths together with one depicting the Greek and American flags in honor of the Greek native who moved to the US and have become a legislation enforcement officer.
His work and private bikes have been additionally taken to the service for the eager motorcyclist.
Through the service, Shea introduced he was posthumously selling Tsakos to detective first grade and introduced a gold detective defend to his spouse Irene.
Shea praised the officer who had made virtually 200 arrests throughout his profession and would chase down drunk drivers within the pursuit of justice.
‘He was the one you have been grateful to reach on the scene, the one you can all the time depend on,’ Shea mentioned.
Tsakos, a 43-year-old married father of two and 14-year veteran cop, died final Tuesday when Jessica Beauvais, 32, plowed into him in her Volkswagen on the Lengthy Island Expressway
The officer’s identify is spelled out in paper cups alongside the fence on the Excessive College in Greenlawn, New York
An enormous American flag is raised for the funeral one week after he died whereas redirecting site visitors on the LIE
Relations arrive for the funeral Tuesday morning at St. Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Shrine Church in Greenlawn
Mourners turn into emotional as they bid farewell to the veteran cop at his funeral service Tuesday in New York
‘He was the one who all the time requested ‘what else may I do?… He all the time hated that anybody would get away with something on his shift, when it was his accountability.’
The NYPD boss described Tsakos as ‘the proper depiction of the American dream’ after he moved from Greece for a brand new life within the US.
‘He completely was an important cop. Taso was, from starting to finish, a really clever and hardworking man,’ he mentioned.
‘He was the envy of his friends. He was actually an ideal image of the American dream. An instance of our nation´s nice variety.
‘Additionally, an instance of the extraordinary name to service that so many brave New Yorkers embrace.’
Tsakos grew up in Greece and New York Metropolis, earlier than serving within the Greek military after highschool.
32-year-old Jessica Beauvais, of Hempstead, pictured in mug
He then went on to work in his father’s diner on Lengthy Island, earlier than learning aviation in faculty to observe his desires of flying helicopters for the NYPD, Shea mentioned. The officer and his household had simply moved to East Northport final yr.
De Blasio spoke of Tsakos’ ‘heroism’ and hit out at his tragic lack of life.
‘It doesn’t make sense how somebody may dwell his life proper in each approach and be taken from us so horribly,’ he advised mourners.
‘However his heroism uplifts us. Some persons are true heroes. Some persons are there for others. And that in each approach was Anastasios Tsakos.’
Tsakos’ widow Irene additionally gave an emotional speech to mourners contained in the church the place she advised how he was an adoring father to their 6-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son.
She recalled how he would assist their kids construct homes out of cardboard packing containers and let their daughter play hairdresser together with his hair.
He had desires of successful the lottery so he may purchase a small airplane and so they may journey the world as a household, she mentioned.
‘I’ll miss every thing about him. All the things. Most of all, I’ll miss his hugs,’ mentioned Irene.
‘I want he had extra time – to observe our youngsters develop, see them off to school and get married. I want we may develop previous collectively. That was the plan. However he was taken from us too quickly.’
She described him because the ‘love of my life’ and advised him ‘I hope I made you proud’.
Irene was supported by her husband’s dad and mom and different members of the family who flew in from Greece to say goodbye to the 43-year-old.
A whole lot of mourners gathered Tuesday morning to pay their respects to NYPD Freeway Officer Anastasios Tsakos at St. Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Shrine Church in Greenlawn, New York
A police procession on bikes for Tsakos who was a eager motorcyclist in addition to doting father of two
His household observe behind the pall bearers as they carry his casket out of the church following the funeral service
This marked the second day of memorial providers for Tsakos after hundreds attended a viewing Monday because the fallen officer’s physique was delivered to the church.
Fellow NYPD officers lined the doorway and saluted as he was introduced into the church.
The Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Basis, which was arrange within the wake of September 11 to offer help to households of fallen first responders, has mentioned it can pay for the rest of the mortgage on the household’s house.
In accordance with the felony criticism, Beauvais was rushing alongside the Lengthy Island Expressway in her 2013 Volkswagen within the early hours of Could 27.
She allegedly ignored the site visitors cones and the flashing lights of police automobiles set as much as direct site visitors away from one other deadly crash scene the place one passenger died.
Her car swerved round different automobiles and struck Tsakos head on, throwing him round 200 ft to land on the grass by the facet of the street, prosecutors say.
Beauvais then allegedly sped off in her automotive passing a number of exits earlier than coming off the expressway the place she mounted a curb.
As law enforcement officials surrounded her car, the alleged drunk driver reversed right into a police automotive behind her in an effort to flee once more, prosecutors say.
Beauvais claimed to not have recognized she had hit an individual, the criticism states.
‘What did I do? I heard a thump, I knew I hit one thing, however I did not know what it was,’ she allegedly advised the arresting officers.
Investigators survey the car that struck and killed New York Metropolis Police Division Officer Anastasios Tsakos
Jessica Beauvais, 32, (left) of Hempstead is walked out of the 107th Precinct in Queens after allegedly hanging and killing NYPD officer Anastasios Tsakos (proper) on the Lengthy Island Expressway
She additionally allegedly fumed on the officers: ‘F**okay you. I haven’t got to hearken to you.’
She later advised officers she had two glasses of wine earlier than taking her son to Hempstead, then smoked a joint, downed two pictures of 1800 Patron Tequila and drank a bottle of wine throughout her podcast, the felony criticism states.
It’s not clear what pace she was driving at on the time however Shea mentioned final week he believes the harm completed to her automotive reveals ‘there was no approach she did not know that she had struck a person.’
Images of her automotive present the entrance windshield smashed and the bonnet caved in from the place the automotive struck the officer.
Within the hours main as much as the incident, Beauvais posted livestream on her Fb web page as a part of her Face the Actuality radio present the place she addressed the trial of white ex-cop Derek Chauvin for the homicide of George Floyd, slammed law enforcement officials and the justice system and performed N.W.A track ‘F**okay Tha Police’.
Within the rambling put up, she advised her social media followers she likes weapons as a result of ‘they’re fairly’ and ranted about being professional capital punishment, whereas she mentioned ‘potential dying’ is simply ‘a part of the job’ for cops.
All through the video, Beauvais is seen vaping and consuming an unknown darkish liquid from a plastic cup and, at one level, washes down the contents of a pink shot glass with a bottle of Snapple.
Beauvais begins the 1 hour 51 minute Fb Reside video, talking about Chauvin’s trial.
‘This week we’re going to speak in regards to the ignorance that was the Derek Chauvin trial – or the ignorance that’s primarily simply is that this f**ing justice system,’ she says.
‘Police say an oath and in that oath they are saying an oath that they don’t seem to be presupposed to be afraid of that place and that’s actually within the guidelines.’
Chauvin was discovered responsible on all fees for the Memorial Day homicide of George Floyd final yr after he knelt on the black man’s neck for greater than 9 minutes till he died.
Beauvais reads out a part of an oath taken by members of legislation enforcement that they may ‘implement the legislation courteously, appropriately, with out worry, malice or sick will’ and questions how this had led to officers ‘taking pictures and killing individuals on the streets.’
The 32-year-old then went on to say that law enforcement officials are ‘signing up for potential dying like within the military’ and that it’s ‘a part of the job’ that folks ‘would possibly attempt to f**king kill you.’
‘For those who mentioned that you simply have been signing up for this harmful job and a part of that harmful job is that you’re not presupposed to be afraid – as a part of that job is that folks would possibly attempt to f**king kill you,’ she says.
‘That is what you are signing up for – potential dying like within the military. That is what you signed up for.’
Beauvais additionally claimed that if she ever had a deadly encounter with police, she would make sure that she wasn’t the one sufferer.
She advised listeners: ‘Like (hip hop group) NWA say in regards to the police – if you are going to kill me, at the very least I get to take somebody with me.
‘I am a kind of individuals. If I will go, somebody is coming.’
Within the footage, she additionally spoke about her love of ‘weapons’ evaluating herself to the fictional DC character Harley Quinn and saying she all the time carries a knife.
‘I am for weapons. I like weapons. I like them – they’re fairly,’ she says at one level the place she is having a dialogue with a male off digicam.
‘Perhaps I am a bit Harley Quinn on the mind. I like weapons. I carry a knife with me in all places I am going. That shit is often on my hip however I acquired this factor right here so I can not do this.
‘I like weapons, since you’re not going to strive me. I acquired tried as soon as in my life after I was very younger and I did not know no higher. B**ch you are not going to strive me once more in my life as I combat n***as too.
‘We will combat the police too. If you are going to shoot me, get it over with. What I am saying is you are not going to strive me whereas I am nonetheless respiratory.’
She went on to say a ‘taser’ is ‘not cute like a gun’ as she questions how a cop can confuse the 2 units – in reference to the police killing of Daunte Wright by a white cop who allegedly mistook the 2.
‘I do know 13-year-olds from the hood that know a taser from a gun,’ she says.
Beauvais says she is ‘terrified’ for her 13-year-old son ‘do not f**king play with me.’
Beauvais goes on to say she would not ‘imagine in prisons’ however believes in capital punishment saying ‘dangle that b**ch.’
‘I do not even imagine in prisons. I actually imagine within the eye for a watch, tooth for a tooth. For those who responsible, blow his head off,’ she says.
‘F**okay is you right here for. Why I gotta feed you? For what? Y’all killing us for much less, on the streets, and in jails blow his head off… you bought sure states that need to dangle individuals, dangle that bitch.’
Talking of her love of bodily preventing, Beauvais continues: ‘What occurred to preventing, I grew up on preventing. I prefer to combat. My arms and my ft and tooth.
‘It does one thing for me – what does it do for you? F**king individuals up by no means stopped being a factor. Taking pictures ‘individuals remains to be wack. It means you possibly can’t combat. It means you are a cop.’
She indicators off the footage saying: ‘F**okay the police. F**okay them.’
Beauvais is sporting the identical garments within the footage – a pale blue crop prime, navy pencil skirt and matching boots – as she was seen in each on the time of the crash and when she was being led out of the NYPD’s 107th Precinct.
Beauvais posted a 1 hour and 51 minute livestream on her Fb web page Monday night. At one level, she washes down the contents of a pink shot glass (above)
Suspected drunk driver Jessica Beauvais, 32, streamed herself on Fb Reside saying ‘f**okay the police’ and downing pictures hours earlier than she allegedly struck and killed a veteran cop in a hit-and-run in New York Metropolis
As she was led out of the precinct in handcuffs Tuesday afternoon for her arraignment, the 32-year-old struck a much more contrite tone when requested in regards to the lethal crash.
Beauvais sobbed as she apologized for Tsakos’ dying saying: ‘I am sorry. I am sorry that I hit him and now he is lifeless.’
She was arraigned Could at Queens felony courtroom and held with out bail. She is going to subsequent seem in courtroom on Could 12.
Police mentioned Beauvais was driving regardless of having her license suspended in August 2019 for failing to pay for DMV charges.
She had beforehand been arrested on the identical cost in 2015 and had her license suspended at the very least two extra instances.
She has additionally been charged with rushing and utilizing a cellphone whereas driving up to now.
The deadly crash that Tsakos was known as to additionally concerned a driver with a suspended license.
Jonathan Espinal, 24, was driving a blue 2012 Infiniti G37X sedan alongside the expressway when it plowed right into a utility pole on an exit ramp round 12:30 am.
Espinal and two passengers have been each pulled from the burning car. One passenger was pronounced lifeless on the scene.
Police mentioned Espinal was charged with driving with a suspended New York driver’s license and unlicensed operation of a motorized vehicle.