Gathering before the Manhattan premiere of the Quentin Tarantino film Hateful Eight, organizers of the RiseUpOctober protest to Stop Police Terror will support the film-maker in the face of threats of a boycott by Patrick Lynch of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, and Jim Pasco of the Fraternal Order of Police.
“I’m a human being with a conscience,” Tarantino declared at an Oct. 24 Rise Up October rally in New York City held to call attention to the deaths of victims like Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, and Tamir Rice at the hands of police officers. “And when I see murder I cannot stand by. And I have to call the murdered the murdered and I have to call the murderers the murderers.” (Daily Beast 12/6/15)
Carl Dix, co-initiator of Rise Up October, and representative of the Revolutionary Communist Party, challenged Lynch to a debate, which to date has not been accepted. “The police threats against Quentin Tarantino amount to a mafia-style protection racket, only the payoff being demanded is toeing a political line, not cash. 'Don't dare criticize police who kill people, or we'll make it impossible for you to work in our towns.' It is aimed at sending a message, not just to Tarantino, but 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. They want the people who suffer the brunt of this brutality alone and ignored. This is unacceptable.”
Nicholas Heyward, Sr., father of 13 year old Nicholas Heyward, Jr., murdered by the NYPD, September 27, 1994, said, “I need to give a big shout out to the brave and noble man, Mr. Quentin Tarantino who traveled to NYC to stand with the parents and families who have been fighting for justice for their murdered loved ones at the hands of police. He didn't have to make this noble stand, but unlike far too many who see this injustice going down on a nationwide level, Mr. Quentin Tarantino could no longer stand back and not say anything.”