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NYC Police Union Calls for Boycott of Quentin Tarantino

M. Stan Reaves—Demotix/Corbis Quentin Tarantino speaks at a rally against police brutality at Washington Square Park in New York's Manhattan borough on Oct. 24, 2015.

The director was protesting about the police's use of lethal violence

New York City’s provocative police union chief is calling for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino films after the “Pulp Fiction” director participated in a protest against policy brutality.

The police union has taken particular umbrage at Tarantino’s gesture because the protest came just four days after a New York Police Department officer was shot dead in Harlem, said Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.

“It’s no surprise that someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence is a cop-hater, too,” Lynch said in a statement, the New York Post reported.

Tarantino, famous for directing Reservoir Dogs and Kill Bill, said at the Saturday rally, “When I see murders, I do not stand by . . . I have to call a murder a murder and I have to call the murderers the murderers.”

The group that organized the rally, RiseUpOctober, appears to schedule most of its events weeks in advance.

When he was asked about the timing of the event, Tarantino told the Post, “It’s like this: It’s unfortunate timing, but we’ve flown in all these families to go and tell their stories . . . That cop that was killed, that’s a tragedy, too.”

[New York Post]

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