Protesting the Protesters

Cops across America have joined forces to confront the single worst injustice since the shooting of Tamir Rice: Quentin Tarantino’s peaceful and lawful participation in an anti-police brutality protest in New York.

Patrick J. Lynch, president of the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association (PBA), released a statement calling for a boycott of the acclaimed director’s films:

It’s no surprise that someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence is a cop-hater, too. The police officers that Quentin Tarantino calls “murderers” aren’t living in one of his depraved big screen fantasies — they’re risking and sometimes sacrificing their lives to protect communities from real crime and mayhem. 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.” It’s time for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s films.

Craig Lally, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL), followed suit with a statement opposing Tarantino’s right to protest:

We fully support this boycott of Quentin Tarantino films. Hateful rhetoric dehumanizes police and encourages attacks on us. And questioning everything we do threatens public safety by discouraging officers from putting themselves in positions where their legitimate actions could be falsely portrayed as thuggery.

Late to the game was John McNesby, president of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge #5, issuing a statement condemning Tarantino’s penchant for movie violence.

John McNesby (…) wishes to announce that at the Tuesday, October 27, 2015 Board of Directors meeting the Board of Directors of Lodge 5 voted unanimously to Boycott the works of film director Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino has shown through his actions that he is anti-police. Mr. Tarantino has made a good living through his films, projecting into society at large violence and respect for criminals; it turns out he also hates cops.

Movie violence perpetrated against fictional characters must be stopped. Protesting non-movie violence perpetrated against non-fictional Americans is slanderous and hateful.

By questioning police conduct, Tarantino compromises officers’ ability to do their jobs, which threatens public safety. Henceforth, anything less than glowing approval will be deemed unacceptable.

New Yorkers need to send a message to the Black Lives Matter movement that their lives don’t matter. It’s time we protested the right to protest.

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