WASHINGTON — Baltimore City police officers are joining a national boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s latest film after comments he made at an anti-police brutality rally in New York, where he said he was on the side of the “murdered.”
The Academy Award-winning filmmaker continues to defend himself from backlash by police groups that have called for a boycott of his upcoming movie, “The Hateful Eight.”
“Anybody who acknowledges that there’s a problem in law enforcement in this country right now is considered by law enforcement part of the problem — whether that be me, whether that be (New York Mayor) Bill de Blasio, whether that be President Barack Obama,” Tarantino said.
Tarantino has been condemned by New York police Commissioner William Bratton and numerous police groups, including the National Association of Police Organizations.
The association urged its members not to work security for any of Tarantino’s films. And New York Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association boss Pat Lynch called Tarantino a “cop-hater.”
“I’m a human being with a conscience,” Tarantino said at the Oct. 24 rally in New York. “And if you believe there’s murder going on then you need to rise up and stand up against it. I’m here to say I’m on the side of the murdered.”
Baltimore City’s FOP President Gene Ryan issued a statement Thursday joining the national boycott:
“We announce our intention to stand with our law enforcement colleagues around the country in sold support of the boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film. I have never met Quentin Tarantino nor do I have very much interest in any of the movies with which he’s associated, however, I have learned more about him in the last 2 weeks than I ever wanted, or intended, to know and none of it is good. His original comments referring to Police Officers as “murderers” were heinous enough and , now, as he backpedals away from his own truth he clearly continues to show his personal contempt for those who have chosen a life of service and sacrifice to citizens of this country. I know what a murdered is and so do the hundreds of thousands of men and women in blue and we, Mr. Tarantino, are not murderers. We, the people that he so clearly detests, are out on the streets of American everyday so that he and those of his philosophical bent, can march and protest and say things that tear apart the very fiber of our society. He has degraded and disrespected every man and woman who ever wore the uniform in our profession, including those whose very lives were lost in order to provide him the ability to practice civil disobedience while espousing hatred and contempt. I dare Mr. Tarantino to look into the eyes of the widowed spouse or children of one of our nations Fallen Heroes and tell them that their husband and father was a murderer. Shame, shame, shame on him!”
The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 represent nearly 5,000 members of the city police department.
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