NY Police Union Calls for Boycott of Quentin Tarantino Movies After Director’s ‘Murderers’ Comment

“I have to call a murder a murder, and I have to call the murderers the murderers,” Tarantino said at a rally against police brutality Saturday

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: Director Quentin Tarantino attends a march to denounce police brutality in Washington Square Park October 24, 2015 in New York City. The rally is part of a three-day demonstration against officer-involved abuse and killing. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
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New York City’s police union is calling for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino movies after the director blasted officers during a rally against police brutality Saturday — less than a week after an officer was killed by an armed-suspect.

“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 “Django Unchained” director told a crowd of protesters in Washington Square Park, saying that cops are too often “murderers.”

The rally came four days after NYPD Officer Randolph Holder was fatally shot in the head while chasing a gunman in East Harlem. When asked about the timing of the rally, Tarantino called it “unfortunate.”

Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said in a statement Sunday to the New York Post, “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 continued. “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.”

Author, activist and scholar Cornel West helped organize Saturday’s rally, which was billed as #‎RiseUpOctober‬. Several hundred people attended the gathering.