The group, which describes itself as representing 1,000 police units and associations and over 241,000 sworn law enforcement officers, has told its members that it supports the boycott — which emerged after Tarantino referred to officers as “murderers.” It also asserted that officers should not work for any future Tarantino projects.
“We ask officers to stop working special assignments or off-duty jobs, such as providing security, traffic control or technical advice for any of Tarantino’s projects,” a statement on NAPO’s website said.” We need to send a loud and clear message that such hateful rhetoric against police officers is unacceptable.
The boycott has been joined by police unions in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, New Jersey, Chicago and Philadelphia. The law enforcement action stems from the director’s comments on Oct. 24 at a Black Lives Matter rally in New York City to protest police brutality — four days after NYPD officer Randolph Holder was shot to death by a suspect while on duty.
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“This is not being dealt with in any way at all,” Tarantino said. “That’s why we are out here. If it was being dealt with, then these murdering cops would be in jail or at least be facing charges. When I see murders, I do not stand by. I have to call a murder a murder, and I have to call the murderers the murderers.”
The Weinstein Company, which is releasing “The Hateful Eight” on Christmas, has not responded to requests for comment about the speech and the reaction to it.
The statement from the National Association of Police Organizations also said, “As a high profile figure, Tarantino’s language is utterly irresponsible, particularly at a time when the nation is seeing increasing and persistent calls for the killing of officers. Anti-police rhetoric like Tarantino’s threatens the safety of police and citizens alike. The police he is calling murderers are the same officers who were present along the protest route to ensure the safety of protesters, who provide security when he is filming, and who put their lives on the line to protect our communities day in and day out.”