NYPD Union Head Calls for Boycott of Quentin Tarantino Films
NYPD Union Head Calls for Boycott of Quentin Tarantino Films © REUTERS/ Carlo Allegri
00:40 27.10.2015(updated 03:51 27.10.2015) Get short URL
The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, NYPD’s largest union representing the rank and file, has called for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s films after the director joined Saturday’s protest against police brutality.
To Patrick Lynch, President of the union, who many liken to a movie mobster, anyone who dares to question why police are killing people at an alarming rate is a cop-hating evil-doer it seems.
“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,” Tarantino, the Pulp Fiction director, said during a speech at Saturday’s “Rise Up October” rally, organized by Carl Dix and Cornel West.
“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.”
Tarantino went on to speak about specific victims of police violence, such as 12-year-old Tamir Rice.
“A 12-year-old black male child,” he said, as the crowd chanted the child’s name, “On November 22, 2014, Tamir was playing with a toy gun in the park. After a 911 call where the person calling said the gun was probably a fake and the person holding it was probably a juvenile, the police rushed on to the scene and shot Tamir within two seconds. Then they knocked down and handcuffed his sister, and locked her in the police car. They would not allow his mother to hold her lifeless child dead in the street.”
The union president, always quick to have a media meltdown, urgently sent out angry statement’s to the press on Sunday.
“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,” Lynch said. “It’s time for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s films.”