Quentin Tarantino: Cops Are Murders


“We’re here because we have a deep love for those who have been abused by the police. Don’t get it twisted – this is a love train!” These words were spoken by activist professor Cornel West in New York during a protest conducted by Riseupoctober.org on October 24th. The criticism over recent police actions has included websites, businesses, and even the president of the United States.

On the 24th, screenwriters and directors have now been added to that growing list. Quentin Tarantino made a guest apprearance at the rally of three hundred protestors, giving a speech for Rise Up October. “I have to call the murderers the murderers,” he commented.

Tarantino has been receiving criticism for his films, none more so than Django Unchained which hit the box office in 2012. His movies have included numerous racial slurs, specifically towards blacks, and heavy anti-police sentiments. The notorious writer is known for including the torture and killings of police officers in his work. Director Spike Lee has said that films like Django Unchained are “disrespectful” and that he would never see the film.

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Meanwhile, NY police union has called for the boycott of Tarantino films because of his involvement with the protest and the comments he made while there. Additionally, the protest began only four days after a New York Police officer was killed while on duty in Harlem.

“It’s no surprise that someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence is a cop-hater, too,” said the president of the PBA, Patrick Lynch, referring to Tarantino. “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’.”

Protesters during the march in New York. Photograph: Pacific Press/Rex Shutterstock

Protesters during the march in New York. Photograph: Pacific Press/Rex Shutterstock

It appears the anti-police argument is continuing to ramp up. But as for the Rise Up October “love train” held in New York, it resulted in eleven arrests for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

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