On October 24, Quentin Tarantino took part in a rally against police brutality in New York City. The event, which was organized months in advance by RiseUpOctober, aimed to “bring justice” for citizens who are killed by officers. Some questioned the decision to hold the event four days after officer Randolph Holder was shot and killed as he pursued a bicycle thief.
At the rally, Tarantino read the names of victims and told the crowd, “I have to call a murder a murder, and I have to call the murderers the murderers.” His speech was not welcomed by the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, which functions as the New York police union. The organization called for a boycott of all “depraved” films by Tarantino. The union’s leader, Patrick Lynch, called Tarantino a director “who makes a living glorifying crime and violence” and a slanderous purveyor of “Cop Fiction.”
Now the boycott has grown with the inclusion of the National Association of Police Organizations, which represents 1,000 departments (and over 240,000 sworn officers) across the United States. Over a thousand precincts — including those in Los Angeles, Los Vegas, Corpus Christi, Boston, Chicago, Indianapolis, and West Palm Beach — have reportedly joined the boycott. On Thursday, the NAPO web site declared the organization’s intentions: