Baltimore police union joins call for boycott of Quentin Tarantino film

Baltimore police union joins call for boycott of Quentin Tarantino film
In this Oct. 24, 2015 file photo, director Quentin Tarantino, center, participates in a rally to protest against police brutality in New York. Calls by police groups to boycott Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” are putting pressure on one of December’s most anticipated releases and inserting one of Hollywood’s top directors into a pitched cultural battle.In recent days, a growing number of police groups have called for the boycott of the upcoming Weinstein Co. release. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison, File) ORG XMIT: NYET134 (Patrick Sison / Associated Press)

The president of the Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police lodge is urging the public to boycott a new film by Quentin Tarantino to protest comments the director made at a rally against police brutality.

Tarantino has drawn criticism from police and their supporters across the country for his comments last month at the rally in New York.


"I'm a human being with a conscience," Tarantino said. "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 Thursday, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 3 President Gene Ryan said the comments have "degraded and disrespected every man and woman who ever wore the uniform of our profession."

Ryan joined leaders and groups including New York police Commissioner William Bratton and the National Association of Police Organizations in condemning Tarantino's comments. They have urged the public away from "The Hateful Eight," Tarantino's next movie, which is due for limited release on Christmas.

Tarantino has said he's being "demonized" by police.

"Anybody who acknowledges that there's a problem in law enforcement in this country right now is considered by law enforcement part of the problem — whether that be me, whether that be [New York Mayor] Bill de Blasio, whether that be President Barack Obama," he told MSNBC.

Tarantino, the Academy Award-winning writer and director of movies including "Pulp Fiction," "Kill Bill" and "Reservoir Dogs," said he was surprised by the reactions to his comments.

"It's much easier to feign outrage and start arguments with celebrities than it is to deal with the fact that the citizenry has lost trust" in police, he said.

Ryan called Tarantino's comments "heinous" and said they show the director's "personal contempt" for police officers.

"We, the people that he so clearly detests, are out on the streets of America every day so that he, and those of his philosophical bent, can march and protest and say things that tear apart the very fiber of our society," Ryan said.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.