NYC Police Union Calls for Boycott of Quentin Tarantino

26 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

NYPD union calls for Tarantino boycott.

Quentin Tarantino joined hundreds of demonstrators to protest against police brutality in New York over the weekend, leading to the head of the NYPD’s union calling for a boycott of his films. Tarantino, whose oeuvre includes the notoriously violent films “Reservoir Dogs”, “Pulp Fiction”, and “Django Unchained”, flew in from California to take part in the event with hundreds of other demonstrators. “I’m a human being with a conscience,” Tarantino said. “And if you believe there’s murder going on then you need to rise up and stand up against it.

The protest came at a time of heightened awareness across America of the often-contentious relationship between police officers and the people they serve. Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, the largest union representing members of the New York City Police Department, spoke out against Tarantino’s involvement. “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. “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.’” The group had gathered in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village neighbourhood at Washington Square Park, then marched two miles along Sixth Avenue. I’m here to say I’m on the side of the murdered.” Protesters locked arms and marched down the street, using megaphones to tell stories of police brutality, while speakers called to bring justice for people killed by police.

As they moved, those with megaphones shouted stories as others waved signs with photos of the dead, mostly young black men, and the dates and places of the incidents. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern, is slated to release in the US on December 25. A federal jury ruled that a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer, who did not face criminal charges, had used excessive force, and it awarded her $500,000. Activist Carl Dix, who helped found RiseUpOctober with West, said that while he sympathised with Holder’s family, the officer’s death did not affect the need to hold Saturday’s rally as scheduled.

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