The National Association of Police Organizations is joining the call to boycott Quentin Tarantino’s movies after the director took part in a protest against police brutality in New York City on Saturday.
In addition to echoing police unions in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Houston, the Virginia-based organization is asking officers to stop working off-duty jobs — such as providing security, traffic control, or technical expertise — for any Tarantino projects.
“We need to send a loud and clear message that such hateful rhetoric against police officers is unacceptable,” the NAPO said in a statement Friday.
According to its website, the NAPO represents more than 241,000 law enforcement officers.
During the protest in New York, which Tarantino reportedly flew in from California to attend, the filmmaker identified himself “a human being with a conscience” and added, “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.”
Organized by a group called Rise Up October, the rally came just four days after NYPD officer Randolph Holder was shot and killed while pursuing a bicycle thief. Tarantino told the New York Post it was “unfortunate timing, but we’ve flown in all these families to go and tell their stories.” He added, “That cop that was killed, that’s a tragedy, too.”
After the rally, NYC Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president Patrick J. Lynch dubbed Tarantino a “cop-hater” and called on New Yorkers to “send a message to this purveyor of degeneracy that he has no business coming to our city to peddle his slanderous Cop Fiction.”
Tarantino has not publicly responded to the calls for a boycott, though Rise Up October has expressed support of him.
One of the group’s organizers, Carl Dix, said in a statement, “The police threats against Quentin Tarantino amount to a mafia-style protection racket, only the payoff being demanded is toeing a political line, not cash. … Artists need to be able to express themselves on progressive causes without fear of retribution and attack. We will have Tarantino’s back and call on others to join with us.”