Police organizations continued to show support for New York officers by joining a call to boycott the films of Quentin Tarantino in the wake of his participation in a protest against police brutality.
Meanwhile, members of organizations actively protesting police killings of civilians rallied in support of the embattled director.
Entertainment Weekly reports that the 14,000 members of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 joined fellow officers in New York and Los Angeles in calling for a Tarantino boycott.
In a statement, John McNesby, the group’s president, said: “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; he it turns out also hates cops.”
Reuters notes that Tarantino has not responded to the criticism he has received from police groups, but reports that groups such as Rise Up October, which are protesting police violence against civilians, are firing back at police.
Carl Dix, one of the founders of Rise Up October and an organizer of the rally Saturday in New York that triggered the backlash, reportedly said the attacks against Tarantino are an attempt to send a message to “anyone whose voice carries great weight in society: If you speak out, we will come after you, threaten your livelihood and attempt to scare you back into silence.”
Dix is quoted in a statement saying: “They want the people who suffer the brunt of this brutality alone and ignored. This is unacceptable.”