Victoria Ruiz is the latest to face backlash for participating in the bizarre trend of aggressively ripping down posters of missing children kidnapped by Hamas.
The footage shows Ruiz smirking while tearing down the flyers, before she is interrupted by someone who asked, ‘Why are you taking down pictures of missing children? Why are you taking down pictures of babies?’
In the video, posted by the non-partisan StopAntisemitism X account, Ruiz refused to respond and instead walks away, still smirking.
The video quickly went viral, with viewers identifying Ruiz as a Trial Attorney from Brooklyn who works at the New York County Defender Services office.
A New York City public defender, Victoria Ruiz of Brooklyn, has resigned after being caught tearing down Israel-Hamas war hostage posters
Ruiz resigned from her position and her profile has since been removed from the NYCDS website
Ruiz ‘apologized’ after being condemned online for her brazen actions.
‘I apologize to anyone who was hurt or confused by my actions at a vigil last week that were depicted in a video that went viral over the weekend,’ she said in a note obtained by 1010WINS.
Ruiz claimed the video that was seen by more than 10 million viewers, ‘misrepresented’ her actions and led to ‘false accusations.’
‘This viral video misrepresented my actions and has led to false accusations. I regret taking down two posters that had egregious depictions and words justifying killing children,’ she added.
Viewers slammed Ruiz in the comments on social media.
One wrote, ‘Lawyers take an ethics class in law school but this one must have forgotten those lessons.’
‘It’s time for her management to reconsider her continued employment. Actions like hers may not be consistent with their requirements’ another user commented.
The footage shows Ruiz smirking while tearing down posters, before she is interrupted by someone who asked, ‘Why are you taking down pictures of missing children? Why are you taking down pictures of babies?’
The New York County Defender services released a statement after facing backlash, saying they ‘strongly condemn’ Ruiz’s actions and called her behavior ‘highly insensitive.’
‘We strongly condemned the highly insensitive action,’ the organization said in a statement.
‘It has come to our attention that one of our attorneys, Victoria Ruiz, recently attended a public vigil solely in her capacity as a private citizen, NYCDS spokesperson Lupe Todd-Medina told 1010 WINS.
‘Some of her actions at the event have drawn sharp criticism and we strongly condemn them as highly insensitive.’ He added that Ruiz had ‘apologized to those who were hurt or confused by her actions.’
‘After an internal review, and a pledge by all involved to do better, we accept this apology and now refocus on the vigorous pursuit of our mission: achieving justice and dignity for every individual we represent.’
Ruiz resigned from her position, a representative from her office confirmed Tuesday. Her profile has since been removed from the NYCDS website.
The video quickly went viral, with viewers identifying Ruiz as a Trial Attorney from Brooklyn who works at the New York County Defender Services office
The New York County Defender services released a statement after facing backlash, saying they ‘strongly condemn’ Ruiz’s actions and called her behavior ‘highly insensitive’
In addition to her job defending Manhattan suspects, Ruiz is also a member of ‘The Downtown Boys,’ an American punk rock formed in 2011 in Providence, Rhode Island.
The group, which the Rolling Stone dubbed as ‘America’s Most Exciting Punk Band’ performed on the news show Democracy Now! in the past.
The New Yorker has described the group’s live performance, praising it and pointing out Ruiz’s dedication to fighting for ‘justice’.
‘Ruiz’s lyrics squeeze your hand through the pit: she’s lucid and blunt, shouting down cops, traders, and any other impediment to justice that she can spot,’ The New Yorker wrote in a 2016 article.
In 2015, Ruiz and DeFrancesco launched the online magazine Spark Mag in collaboration with ‘Demand Progress,’ a grassroots advocacy group meant to ‘amplify the voice of the people — and wield it to make government accountable and contest concentrated corporate power,’ according to their website.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre cleaned up her initial comment when she avoided a direct response to a question about people ripping down posters with the faces of Israeli hostages in Gaza
This comes as White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre cleaned up her remarks at her Tuesday briefing after the initially dodged a question about pro-Palestinian protesters tearing down hostage posters of Israelis being held in Gaza.
‘Tearing down pictures of their loved ones – who are being held hostage by Hamas – is wrong and hurtful,’ she wrote in a post on X, after earlier failing to deliver a straight answer to a question about clashes over the posters.
Jean-Pierre got asked Tuesday about clashes between pro-Israel protesters who have slapped hostage fliers of some of the roughly 240 hostages still held inside Gaza after the Hamas terror attack of October 7.
She was asked about videos of individuals tearing those posters down, and whether it was the White House view that those actions ‘should be condemned.’
‘I haven’t – I’ve sorta kinda seen the reporting here and there,’ she responded, indicating some familiarity before quickly dispensing with the topic. ‘I think it was from last week, right?’ she said.
‘There’s been like 30 million videos’ that have gone around the Internet about it, NBC’s White House correspondent Peter Alexander interjected.
Jean-Pierre cleaned up her response with a post after the end of the briefing
The ‘kidnapped’ posters are a stark reminder of those held inside Gaza for a month
She was asked about images like those of a group of furious NYC construction workers who confronted a man who was caught tearing down posters of Israeli hostages being held by Hamas
‘Yeah, I hear you. I’m just not going to – I’m not going to’ she responded.
‘Is that peaceful protest to pull that down or should you not be doing that?’ he asked her point blank.
‘I’m just not going to go into specifics on that particular thing,’ she said, before shifting to the topic of ‘violent’ protests.
‘What I can say there are real violent protests and threats that are happening right now. And senior administration officials are aware of these reports, which are deeply concerning,’ she said.
The question was a reference to incidents like the furious New York City construction workers who confronted a man who was caught tearing down posters of Israeli hostages being held by Hamas.
Soon after her briefing ended, Jean-Pierre sent out a post on X cleaning up her initial response.
‘As a result of the Hamas terrorist attacks, communities and families are grieving. For the past month, the families of those who have been taken hostage have lived in agony. Tearing down pictures of their loved ones – who are being held hostage by Hamas – is wrong and hurtful,’ she said in the post.
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