Quentin Tarantino is a writer and director known for his portrayal of violence amidst non-linear narratives, and is one of the great directors of the age. The unique way in which he portrays the aesthetics of violence in his neo-noir movies is unparalleled in modern cinema. But it seems that recently he has shifted his gaze to social injustice.
Tarantino joined hundreds of protesters on the streets of New York last Saturday to protest police brutality. After gathering in Washington Square Park the group marched along Sixth Avenue, bearing anti-cop signs and pictures depicting victims of police violence, as they shouted through megaphones.
The signs which littered the event displayed slogans such as, “Rise Up! Stop Police Terror!” and, “Murder with a badge is still murder,” as the 300-strong crowd chanted, “No racist police!”
Associated Press reports that Tarantino took center stage, voicing the following:
“I’m a human being with a conscience. 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.”
There have been two other protests in New York this week, all three were organized by RiseUpOctober and took place to honor the victims of supposed police brutality.
Of those participating in the protest, many had experienced police brutality and others had relatives among the fallen. Temako Williams’ son, La-Reko Williams, was killed in 2011, after which she was awarded $500,000 compensation due to confirmed police brutality. She said:
“It wasn’t worth the price of my son’s life. It’s a wound that won’t heal.”
Despite a police presence throughout, the protest was peaceful and progressed without incident. However, the event highlights the social unrest which exists in New York and throughout the United States, as an ever growing number of people rally against police brutality, especially towards African Americans.
Two Sides to Every Story
As is to be expected, the NYPD have responded to Tarantino’s comments at the rally, clearly perturbed by his presence. Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, said the following in response to Tarantino’s outspoken cries against police brutality.
“It’s no surprise that someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence is a cop-hater, too.”
“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.”
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