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After sparking outrage with social media post, Susan Sarandon issues apology to the families of two slain NYPD officers

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Actress Susan Sarandon, who recently faced criticism for an anti-police social media post, has issued an apology to the families of two fallen NYPD officers.

Sarandon's outrageous post, which appears to have been deleted, included a tweet from Danny Haiphong. Haiphong's tweet featured a photo of a large number of police officers honoring slain NYPD officer Jason Rivera, who was fatally shot in the line of duty last month. "I'm gonna tell my kids this is what fascism looks like," Haiphong wrote.

In addition to Haiphong's tweet, the post on Sarandon's account also said, "So, if all these cops weren't needed for CRIME that day, doesn't that mean they aren't needed ANY day?"

Sarandon now says that she regrets the social media post.

"I deeply regret the meme I recently shared on Twitter that included Officer Jason Rivera's funeral. 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 Officer's Rivera and Mora for causing additional pain during their time of grieving," Sarandon said in her statement.

Rivera and officer Wilbert Mora were fatally shot last month in the line of duty. Each of the men was posthumously promoted to detective first grade, according to NBC News.

Sarandon had faced criticism on social media for the original post.

"So totally offensive in SO many ways. PLEASE feel free to NEVER call 911---EVER. My son (LA County Deputy) became a cop following his father's footsteps --who was killed in the line of DUTY...." one person tweeted.

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