Quentin Tarantino, N.Y. cops beef over brutality

27 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

NY police union calls for boycott of Tarantino films.

The film-maker, whose eighth film The Hateful Eight open this December, has become the target of a boycott on the part of New York’s largest police union, after he was spotted taking part in a march against police brutality called Rise Up October on Saturday.

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton ripped Quentin Tarantino on Monday, saying the “Inglourious Basterds” director disgraced himself by giving an anti-police speech just days after the city’s latest cop killing.The “Pulp Fiction” director was spotted among the crowds at the RiseUpOctober demonstration in Greenwich Village, and addressed the protesters, telling them, “I’m here to say I’m on the side of the murdered.” According to the New York Post, Tarantino said, “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.” Tarantino reportedly flew to New York from his home in California just to attend the rally, which concluded with a march from Washington Square Park to Times Square, past lines of police officers who had cordoned off a traffic lane for the demonstrators. The “Django Unchained” filmmaker was one of the prominent faces among the thousands who attended rallies on Saturday organized by RiseUpOctober, which sought to bring attention to incidents of alleged police violence against men and women of color. “I’m a human being with a conscience,” Tarantino said at the protest. “If you believe there’s murder going on then you need to rise up and stand up against it.

Tarantino told the Post the timing of the demonstration was unfortunate, adding, “We’ve flown in all these families to go and tell their stories… That cop that was killed, that’s a tragedy, too.” “It’s no surprise that someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence is a cop-hater, too,” Patrick Lynch of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association said in a statement on Sunday. It follows a string of box office hits, including “Reservoir Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction” that have earned the director two Oscars and scores of other awards around the world. “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 Lynch. “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 52-year-old director joined hundreds of people marching in New York on Saturday, campaigning against perceived police brutality and the deaths of unarmed suspects in custody. STOP POLICE TERROR!” The director — whose 1992 film, “Reservoir Dogs,” features an infamous scene in which a cop is tortured, mutilated and killed — said he wasn’t afraid to call cops “murderers.” Bratton also took a swipe at the head of the NYPD sergeants union, Ed Mullins, who has labeled some of the top cop’s policies “lunacy” and “political pandering.” Bratton also referred to accused cop-killer Tyrone Howard, whose rap sheet lists 28 arrests starting at age 13, as “somebody who has shown no propensity to change his ways.” Howard is charged with first-degree murder in Officer Randolph Holder’s Tuesday-night slaying, the fourth fatal shooting of a city cop in less than a year.

Sources said that prosecutors were set to begin presenting a case to a grand jury and that the evidence would include Howard’s backpack, which allegedly contained bullets. The NYPD diver who found the gun, Detective John Mortimer of the Scuba Team, said that, even with a light, he had only about one foot of visibility in the water. “I actually saw it out of the corner of my eye,” he recalled. “I notified another officer, ‘Hey, I got it here,’ and we collected it and brought it up.” A man whose bicycle was allegedly stolen by Howard before Holder’s shooting was revealed to be an ex-con wanted for violating parole. In a recent interview with New York magazine he confirmed that Barack Obama is “hands down” his “favorite” president of his lifetime. “He’s been awesome this past year. He was a consummate professional,” Bharara said at a Police Athletic League luncheon, recalling that Holder “took a moment to lean over [and] make sure the suspect would be OK.” State lawmakers said they would propose a law requiring criminals assigned to a “diversion” program to wear tracking monitors.

FBI Director James Comey told the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago that a rise in violent crime was partly due to a “Ferguson effect,” with cops pulling back in the face of increased criticism and scrutiny. In the same interview, Tarantino also expressed an affinity for the Black Lives Matter movement: “I love the fact that people are talking and dealing with the institutional racism that has existed in this country and been ignored.

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