After Quentin Tarantino accused police officers of being murderers at an anti-police rally held just four days after an NYPD police officer was shot and killed in Harlem, the New York Police Department’s union president is calling for a boycott of his films.
Tarantino, who has been associated with with high-octane, violent films such as “Reservoir Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction,” flew in from California to bring the rhetoric up in the “Black Lives Matter vs. law enforcement” debate that’s been raging since the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
“I’m a human being with a conscience,” Tarantino said, according to Fox News. “And if you believe there’s murder going on then you need to rise up and stand up against it. I’m here to say I’m on the side of the murdered.”
Although Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, may have been saddened by the filmmaker’s remarks, he wasn’t shocked.
“It’s no surprise that someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence is a cop-hater, too,” Lynch said Sunday in response to Tarantino. “The police officers that Quentin Tarantino calls ‘murderers’ aren’t living in one of his depraved big-screen fantasies — they’re risking and sometimes sacrificing their lives to protect communities from real crime and mayhem.”
Fox News reported:
Saturday’s rally, which gathered in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village neighborhood at Washington Square Park before marching about 2 miles along Sixth Avenue, came in the wake of the shooting death of 33-year-old Officer Randolph Holder. Holder was shot to death in the city’s East Harlem neighborhood while pursuing a bicycle thief. A suspect has been charged with murder and robbery in the case.
“I think it’s very disrespectful,” Holder’s cousin Shauntel Abrams told the Post. “Everyone forgets that behind the uniform is a person.”
Tarantino acknowledged that the timing of the rally was “unfortunate” — Holder’s body hadn’t even been laid to rest — but that he felt it was nonetheless important that it go as planned, the New York Post reported.
Chances are, Lynch didn’t even need to call for a boycott — people were already sickened by Tarantino’s remarks, and took to social media to express their disgust.
— wtfnews (@wtfnewsamerica) October 26, 2015
— Cindy Kennedy (@CIndyStarbuck) October 26, 2015
@jasbo22 @DailyCaller Looks like he’s promoting his next flick
— James N. Smith (@TexasJames6969) October 26, 2015
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