TV Newsroom 31 October 2015

Quentin Tarantino’s father sides with police, says his son is ‘dead wrong’

The Django Unchained director’s comments at the rally came four days after an NYPD officer, Randolph Holder, was fatally shot in the head while chasing a suspect.

The New York Post reports that Tarantino did acknowledge the awful timing of the rally as “unfortunate”, but he also asserted that the rally needed to go on because a few people had traveled long distances to attend.

The director first joined the protests last Thursday, when he read the names of people killed by the police in recent years on a stage in Times Square. “And when I see murder I can not stand by and I have to call the murdered the murdered and I have to call the murderers the murderers“.

That statement obviously did not sit well with police and the NYPD, Philadelphia union and Los Angeles union have all made a decision to boycott Tarantino’s new movie, The Hateful Eight.

Jazz musician Arturo O’Farrill released a statement supporting Tarantino, in which he said the United States is “a free nation in which an artist, or any citizen, (is) allowed to speak their mind without fear of retribution”, according to Reuters.

After the rally, NYC Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president Patrick J. Lynch dubbed Tarantino a “cop-hater” and called on New Yorkers to “send a message to this purveyor of degeneracy that he has no business coming to our city to peddle his slanderous Cop Fiction”. I didn’t know him.

“We ask officers to stop working special assignments or off-duty jobs, such as providing security, traffic control or technical advice for any of Tarantino’s projects”, a statement on NAPO’s website said”. During his speech, Tarantino said he was speaking out because not enough is being done about the problem. Tarantino’s next movie, ‘The Hateful 8‘, hits theaters in December.

“Questioning everything we do threatens public safety by discouraging officers from putting themselves in positions where their legitimate actions could be falsely portrayed as thuggery“, PPL President Craig Lally said.

Tarantino hasn’t commented on the boycotts.

The group behind the rally, RiseUpOctober, has said the police boycotts are an attempt at scaring protestors “back into silence”.

“To use inflammatory rhetoric and imply that police officers are murderers does nothing to fix the fractured relationships with the community”, according to the Houston police union.

In addition to increased violence against police, this trend has also resulted in police officers unjustly being treated like social pariahs.

Being anti-police is no different from any other type of stereotyping.