The men and women of the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs stand with our brothers and sisters of the Fraternal Order of Police in calling for the boycott of Director Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film, The Hateful Eight, in response to Tarantino calling police officers “murderers.”
“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 told a cheering crowd during an anti-police rally held just four days after NYPD Officer Randolph Holder was shot in the head and killed while chasing on gunman on foot through the streets of East Harlem.
“For a man who has built his career on glorifying criminal violence, we take great offense to his recent comments calling law enforcement officers ‘murderers’ just days after an actual murder of a New York City Police Officer,” Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, said in a message to FOP members. In addition, the FOP is advising its members not to accept assignments or perform off-duty work, such as providing security, traffic control or technical assistance to any project involving Mr. Tarantino.
The FOP has urged its 2300 lodges and 330,000 members to boycott Mr. Tarantino’s latest project in reaction to his inflammatory remarks describing law enforcement officers as “murderers” while attending an anti-police rally. Canterbury sent a letter to the Weinstein Company informing them of the reasons the FOP would be boycotting the film.
“If Mr. Tarantino truly wished to be on ‘the side of the murdered,’ he would speak in defense of Officer Holder and the 37 other law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2015. Thirty-eight dead police officers may not be much of a body count for a Tarantino film, but to the brave men and women of the Fraternal Order of Police, it is far too many,” Canterbury said.
Please join me, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the Los Angeles Police Protective League and countless police officers across the nation in boycotting Tarantino’s latest project.
Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs