Tarantino, NY cops beef over brutality

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Head of NYPD union calls for boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s films after director takes part in rally against police brutality and calls cops ‘murderers’.

After Oscar-winning director Quentin Tarantino marched against police shootings in Manhattan this weekend, the New York police union called for a boycott of his movies Sunday. Just four days after the on-duty murder of New York City Police Officer Randolph Holder, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Quentin Tarantino took to the streets with hundreds of other demonstrators to protest police brutality. Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch released a statement Sunday blasting the Hollywood heavyweight, best known for such violent films as Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained, for calling police officers ‘murderers’ at a demonstration in Manhattan Saturday.

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,” said union president Patrick J. Despite being the master of high-velocity onscreen blood splatter, Tarantino is no fan of offscreen violence, telling a crowd in Washington Square Park Saturday: “When I see murders, I do not stand by… I have to call the murderers the murderers.” Standing in front of a collage of the faces of victims of police brutality, Tarantino proclaimed: “This is not being dealt with in any way at all. Lynch, in a statement. “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’,” he said. 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. “I’m a human being with a conscience,” he said. “And if you believe there’s murder going on then you need to rise up and stand up against it. Tarantino flew in from California to speak at the demonstration that was organized by the group #RiseUpOctober, which aims to bring justice to those they say have been mistreated by law enforcement.

The film, a western set in post-civil War Wyoming following a band of bounty hunters, will be in select theaters Christmas Day ahead of a nationwide release slated for a January 8. While Tarantino acknowledged the “unfortunate” timing of the rally, he said the protest had to go on because people had traveled long distances to attend.

In an interview on CBS’s Face the Nation Sunday, the New Jersey governor and Republican presidential candidate said the Black Lives Matter movement advocates for the killing of police. “I don’t believe that movement should be calling for the murder of police officers,” said Governor Christie in a critique of the president’s support for the movement. “They’ve been chanting in the streets for the murder of police officers.” Actually, very few Black Lives Matter participants actually advocate killing police. Its front-page headline screamed “Disgrace” and featured a picture of a protestor (not Tarantino) directing a rude gesture at a nearby police officer. They would not allow his mother to hold her lifeless child who lie dead in the street.’ He also mentioned Antonio Guzmán López, a 38-year-old unarmed man shot dead by San Jose State University Police as well as Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black teen shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, whose death also sparked violent protests. It calls for ceasing so-called broken window policing, limiting use of force by police, demilitarizing police departments, implementing body cameras, increasing community oversight and establishing community representation in police departments, improving police training, and rewriting union contracts to ensure more effective oversight of misconduct investigations, among other reforms.

On the positive side: no matter the divisions, there does seem to be some bipartisan support for modest criminal justice reform in Congress, which has not been able to pass significant legislation in years. Originally from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Jessica graduated from the University of Florida where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in mass communication.

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