Police unions in Philadelphia and Los Angeles have joined New York's Patrolmen's Benevolent Association in boycotting films by director Quentin Tarantino.
The unions are responding to Tarantino's participation in an anti-police brutality rally organized by the activist group RiseUpOctober this past Saturday, which The Associated Press reported the director flew to New York to attend.
"I'm a human being with a conscience," Tarantino said at the event, according to The AP. "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."
In a statement issued yesterday Philly FOP president John McNesby announced the organization's Board of Directors had "voted unanimously to Boycott the works of film director Quentin Tarantino" because they feel he "has shown through his actions that he is anti-police." The statement also mentions and quotes at length the New York PBA statement.
Meanwhile, in LA, KTLA says the PPU's president, Craig Lally, issued a statement saying that "There is no place for inflammatory rhetoric that makes police officers even bigger targets than we already are." That organization's board later issued a separate, longer statement condemning Tarantino, citing general anti-police sentiment and claiming that there is "increasing evidence that the cacophony of police criticism has helped spark a surge in violent crime in cities nationwide."
Tarantino has a new film, The Hateful Eight, due to appear in theaters in December.
Ethan Chiel is a reporter for Fusion, writing mostly about the internet and technology. You can (and should) email him at firstname.lastname@example.org