Police backlash against “Hateful Eight” director Quentin Tarantino has spread from New York City to Philadelphia and Los Angeles.
“When I see murders, I do not stand by . . . I have to call the murderers the murderers,” Tarantino said at a RiseUpOctober rally held Oct. 24. His comments came just four days after NYPD officer Randolph Holder was shot and killed while pursuing a bicycle thief in East Harlem.
Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, called for a boycott Oct. 25.
“It’s no surprise that someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence is a cop-hater, too. 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.”
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Craig Lally, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, echoed Lynch’s statements on Tuesday.
“There is no place for inflammatory rhetoric that makes police officers even bigger targets than we already are. [Tarantino] took irresponsibility to a new and completely unacceptable level this past weekend by referring to police as murderers during an anti-police march in New York. He made this statement just four days after a New York police officer was gunned down in the line of duty.”
Philadelphia’s police union joined the boycott after a vote by its board of directors on Wednesday.
“Mr. Tarantino has made a good living through his films, projecting into society at large violence and respect for criminals; he it turns out also hates cops,” President John McNesby said in a statement.
The “Pulp Fiction” and “Kill Bill” director defended his rhetoric at the rally by saying, “I’m a human being with a conscience. 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.”