quentin tarantino leads protest against police brutality in new york
The Oscar-winning director read out the names of people who have died in dealings with the police in America at a rally in Washington Square Park.
Quentin Tarantino addressed thousands of protesters at a rally against police brutality in New York at the weekend, part of a month of protests dubbed #RiseUpOctober that is linked to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Speaking in front of images of people who have died at the hands of, or in the custody of the American police forces and reading out their names and stories, Tarantino said, "This is not being dealt with in any way at all. That's why we are out here. If it was being dealt with, then these murdering cops would be in jail or at least be facing charges".
"I'm a human being with a conscience," the film director continued, adding, "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". Tarantino was joined on the platform by philosopher, academic and activist Dr Cornel West, who said, "We're here because we have a deep love for those who have been abused by the police," adding, "Don't get it twisted -- this is a love train!".
A statement from the President of NYPD Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, Patrick J. Lynch, called for New Yorkers to boycott Tarantino's films because of his participation in the march, calling him a "purveyor of degeneracy" and describing the claims he made in his speech "Cop Fiction". An interactive list compiled by the Guardian counts 936 people who have been killed by the police in America this year, with a disproportionate percentage of them being black and Hispanic/Latino.
Text Charlotte Gush
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