Director/Screenwriter, Quentin Tarantino recently spoke at the ‘Rise Up rally‘ to denounce police brutality.
Tarantino clearly stated that he was not against cops but police brutality.
‘I’m a human being with a conscience. 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.’
His statement caused outrage amongst right-wing Republicans who claimed his statement was anti-police. The backlash has included calls for a formal apology and implied a “surprise” was coming from the head of the Fraternal Order of Police.
Fraternal Order of Police executive director, Jim Pasco claimed;
‘Something is in the works, but the element of surprise is the most important element. Something could happen anytime between now and [the premiere]. And a lot of it is going to be driven by Tarantino, who is nothing if not predictable.’
In an effort to defend himself against the bullying reactions of police unions and TV commentators, Tarantino spoke out again on Real Time with Bill Maher. Confirming that the police culture was defiant and out of touch, Tarantino said he believe it was easier to slander him than deal with the issue itself.
“They’re saying that I’m a cop-hater,” Tarantino said, “which is slander because I didn’t say that. They’re implying that I meant all cops are murderers, and I wasn’t.”
Tarantino went on to say that police too often “protect their own as opposed to putting themselves at the betterment of citizenry.”
“I think it’s inside the institution itself,” Tarantino said after Maher suggested that police departments need to “do a better job of weeding out” the individual personalities that make bad cops. Tarantino countered that that problem is the institutional “blue wall” that protects its own.