The head of the NYPD's largest union denounced filmmaker Quentin Tarantino as a "purveyor of degeneracy" Sunday and called for a boycott of his movies after the director participated in a protest of police brutality over the weekend.
"It's no surprise that someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence is a cop-hater, too," said Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch.
The Academy Award-winning filmmaker joined hundreds of demonstrators Saturday in Manhattan to protest police brutality nationwide.
"I'm a human being with a conscience," said Tarantino, who flew in from California for the event. "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."
The event was the last of three demonstrations the group RiseUpOctober organized in New York this week. Speakers at the protest said they want to bring justice for people killed by police.
Lynch called on New Yorkers to send a message to Tarantino, whom he called a "purveyor of degeneracy," by boycotting his films.
"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," Lynch said.