Quentin Tarantino Protests Police Brutality in New York

25 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Protesters flip off, sneer at NYPD days after cop slay.

NEW YORK (AP) — Academy Award-winning filmmaker Quentin Tarantino joined hundreds of demonstrators waving signs, shouting through megaphones and marching along the city’s streets on Saturday to protest police brutality nationwide. “I’m a human being with a conscience,” said Tarantino, who flew in from California for the event. “And if you believe there’s murder going on then you need to rise up and stand up against it. Just four days after the on-duty murder of a hero NYPD street cop, a rally in Washington Square Park against “police terror” devolved Saturday into a raucous, law-enforcement gripe-fest. “No racist police!” some among the crowd of 300 protesters for the “Rise Up October” chanted, before the rally spilled out of the park and up Fifth Avenue to Times Square. I’m here to say I’m on the side of the murdered.” According to the New York Post, Tarantino told the crowd, “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,” the “Pulp Fiction” auteur blathered to a cheering rally-goers.

As they moved, those with megaphones shouted stories of the slain as others waved signs with photos of the dead, mostly young black men, and the dates and places of their deaths. That cop that was killed, that’s a tragedy, too.” Temako Williams walked arm in arm with academic and activist Cornel West, one of the organizers. 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 (Dh1.8 million).

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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