A couple of weeks ago, film director Quentin Tarantino spoke to the gathered crowd at the RiseUpOctober protest in New York City’s Washington Square Park. In his comments, he spoke out against police brutality, saying that it was not “being dealt with in any way at all.” When he referred to “murdering cops,” police unions lost their collective minds.
Rolling Stone reports that Patrick Lynch, president of the NYPD’s Benevolent Association, called Tarantino a “purveyor of degeneracy,” and called on New Yorkers to boycott his upcoming film, “The Hateful Eight.” Lynch said,
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.
Now the largest police organization in the country, the Fraternal Order of Police, has issued a thinly-veiled threat to Tarantino. According to The Hollywood Reporter, FOP executive director Jim Pasco says that his group has a “surprise” for the director. Pasco says,
Tarantino has made a good living out of violence and surprise. Our officers make a living trying to stop violence, but surprise is not out of the question.
What this “surprise” is isn’t clear, but Pasco says it will be in addition to the boycott. When he was asked if he was threatening Tarantino, he said no, at least not a threat of physical violence. “Police officers protect people. They don’t go out to hurt people,” he says. Tell that to Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and many others.
This isn’t the first time the FOP has verbally attacked a celebrity who dared to question police behavior. The organization also organized protests against Bruce Springsteen some years ago over his song “41 Shots,” about the death of Amadou Diallo. Diallo died in the doorway of his NYC apartment building while reaching for his wallet to show officers his ID. NYPD officers shot him 41 times.
Cops continue to spin the narrative that they are in a dangerous line of work, and that comments like Tarantino’s make things worse for them. In fact, being a police officer in America is not even in the top 10 most dangerous jobs. But they have to pretend like it is, in order to justify the bad behavior of some police officers. Like Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, whose death sparked an outcry against the Black Lives Matter movement, and has now been revealed to have been a suicide. Prosecutors say that Gliniewicz staged his own death to try to cover up crimes he had committed.
Isn’t it interesting that Quentin Tarantino speaks out against cops who abuse their authority and commit murder, then he gets threatened by a police organization? It’s almost like they’re helping him prove his point.
Tarantino has gotten little support from the Hollywood community. But fellow filmmaker Michael Moore is defending him. So is Bill Maher. Tarantino sat down with Maher last Friday night to talk about his comments.
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