Quentin Tarantino takes part in a protest against police brutality in NY

The protest was peaceful, but Tarantino's presence has upset the police.

Quentin Tarantino takes part in a protest against police brutality in NY

On Saturday 24th October, Tarantino joined a march organised by RiseUpOctober, in order to protest against police brutality in New York. The Kill Bill series and Django filmmaker flew from California to participate in the Saturday protest, the last event of a three-day demonstration.

New York Times reports Tarantino saying: "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."

Hundreds of activists gathered at Washington Square Park, in Manhattan's Greenwich Village area. They subsequently walk along Sixth Avenue for about 2 miles, while the traffic was stopped by police officers.

The demonstrators were carrying signs and shouting on megaphones to revive the stories and the memory of the dead. No arrests were reported and the protest was peaceful.

Increased awareness has been raised on the controversial relationship between police officers and the communities in which they operate. New York's mayor and police commissioner have said that they want to rebuild the trust between people and the police.

Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolman's Benevolent Association, called for boycott of Tarantino's films, after he had spoken against the director's involvement with the protest.

Lynch, president of one of the biggest union for members of the New York City Police Department, said: "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.'"

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Elena Losavio

Elena Losavio Voice Reporter

Elena is a recent Master's graduate in English Studies. She writes about theatre, film and contemporary art. She is specialised in women's roles within media and the arts, and she creates A View from the Other Side, a monthly column on this topic. She occasionally writes short stories about her wanderings in Asia and never says no to new adventures.

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