NJ police boycot Tarantino for calling cops murderers
The list of police agencies boycotting Quentin Tarantino grows with the addition of the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association.
The NYPD was the first to call for a boycott after the director of "Pulp Fiction" and "Django Unchained" marched on Saturday to protest police brutality several days after officer Randolph Holder was fatally shot chasing a man with a gun accused of stealing a bicycle. Philadelphia and Los Angeles police have also called for boycotts of Tanantino's work over his comments.
#RiseUpOctober said the goal of their event was to protest "black and brown lives ... stolen by police."
“I’m a human being with a conscience,” said Tarantino, who flew in from California for the at the Washington Square Park rally. “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.”
NJSPA President Patrick Colligan said in a statement that Tarantino needs to be "more responsible" as a public figure.
"Mr. Tarantino should be mindful of the potential dangers that can result from the dangerous rhetoric once it is ingrained in the mind of a person who is willing to harm an officer," wrote Colligan. "This is not a movie, this is real life where police officers' lives are impacted by his words.”
The group that organized the rally, #RiseUpOctober, took issue with the boycott and defended his right to free speech. Carl Dix, co-initiator of Rise Up October and a representative of the Revolutionary Communist Party compared the action in statement to a "mafia-style protection racket. Princeton professor Cornel West, a co-initiator of #RiseUpOctober, said, "Of course the killing of police is wrong but the killers do go to prison. Ought not policemen go to prison when they kill us?'
Bill O'Reilly on his Fox News program said Taratino has "destroyed his career" with his comments.