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Quentin Tarantino Breaks Silence on Police Boycott: ‘All Cops Are Not Murderers’

TheWrap logo TheWrap 11/3/2015 Matt Donnelly
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Quentin Tarantino said “all cops are not murderers” in a statement intended to quell a nationwide police boycott of his films over his recent statements on police brutality.

“All cops are not murderers,” Tarantino told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday in his first public response to the controversy. “I never said that. I never even implied that.”

He continued:

“What they’re doing is pretty obvious. Instead of dealing with the incidents of police brutality that those people were bringing up, instead of examining the problem of police brutality in this country, better they single me out. And their message is very clear. It’s to shut me down. It’s to discredit me. It is to intimidate me. It is to shut my mouth, and even more important than that, it is to send a message out to any other prominent person that might feel the need to join that side of the argument.”

Tarantino’s longtime studio partner The Weinstein Company also addressed the controversy, saying they “have a longstanding relationship and friendship with Quentin,” and “a tremendous amount of respect for him as a filmmaker. We don’t speak for Quentin, he can and should be allowed to speak for himself.”

Comments from Tarantino calling cops “murderers” ten days ago have snowballed into the protest of his forthcoming awards hopeful “The Hateful Eight.” Protesters now includes the National Border Patrol Council.

Tarantino participated in an anti-police brutality rally in New York on October 24. The filmmaker angered police on both coasts when addressing a crowd of protesters at the rally in Manhattan’s Washington Square Park.

“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 “Django Unchained” director said.

The rally came four days after NYPD Officer Randolph Holder was fatally shot in the head while chasing a gunman in East Harlem. When asked about the timing of the rally, Tarantino called it “unfortunate.”

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