The New York police union is calling for the boycott of Oscar-winning Quentin Tarantino and his films after he marched with protesters against officer-involved shootings, USA Today reported.
Tarantino joined hundreds of protesters Saturday to march several miles as part of a demonstration organized by RiseUpOctober. Speakers at the protest said they want justice for those killed by police. Tarantino told the publication’s reporters he flew in from California to march with the group.
“I’m a human being with a conscience,” he told USA Today. “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.”
The protest occurred in the wake of the killing of another New York officer. Officer Randolph Holder was shot to death Oct, 20 in a pursuit of a bicycle thief.
Patrick Lynch, the head of the city’s cop union, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, called Tarantino a “purveyor of degeneracy”.
“It’s no surprise that someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence is a cop-hater, too,” Lynch said in a statement posted on the union’s website. “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.”
Lynch asked for the boycott of Tarantino’s films.
Tarantino has not responded with a comment yet.