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Oct 30, 2015 06:00 AM EDT

Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino Rallies on the Streets for #RiseUpOctober

BY ALYZA KATRINA C. TORRES

Famed filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, known for his highly criticized films on police killings, has recently been criticized for organizing last weekend's rally called "#RiseUpOctober," gathering hundreds of people speaking against police brutality.

At the Washington Square Park in downtown Manhattan, Tarantino was joined by hundreds of people who are mostly African-American citizens. The famed director of "Kill Bill" and other police-related action films urged that there is an emerging police killing in the community.

Upon stepping up the podium in one instance during the intense rally last weekend, Tarantino spoke up. "I'm a human being with a conscience," he said as quoted by CBS New York. "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."

Meanwhile, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that the rally had been in the works since May and was held days after a police officer in line of his duty, including the alleged killer, were shot dead.

The rally also apparently gives light to the 986 police killings listed on a website that records the deaths of people killed by police "whether [they occurred] in the line of duty or not, and regardless of reason or method ... inclusion implies neither wrongdoing nor justification on the part of the person killed or the officer involved," the description of the site reads.

The rally angered several authorities who recently called to boycott Tarantino's films in light of their belief that the director is glorifying crime and violence. Just last Oct. 25, the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association (NYC PBA) of New York City released a statement in their website calling to boycott Tarantino's films.

"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," the statement read.

The statement further urges that Tarantino's films are slanderous to their professional service to the people as police officers. "New Yorkers need to send a message to this purveyor of degeneracy that he has no business coming to our city to peddle his slanderous "Cop Fiction." It's time for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino's films," the statement adds.

There is no official response as of the moment from Tarantino regarding the latest protest called by police officers from the NYC PBA.