LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The head of the country’s largest police union says he has “a surprise” for movie director Quentin Tarantino.
The acclaimed 52-year-old actor/director/writer — who has helmed movies like “Pulp Fiction,” “Reservoir Dogs,” “Inglourious Basterds,”Kill Bill” and “Django Unchained — got into hot water last month when he discussed police brutality at a rally in New York City and called some officers “murderers.”
Many police unions, including here in Los Angeles — have called for a boycott of Tarantino’s next film, “The Hateful 8,” due out at Christmas.
Many police have said they won’t work on his future sets or provide security or crowd control during filming or at premieres. The director’s own father, an actor, distanced himself from his son’s remarks.
Tarantino told the LA Times “All cops are not murderers. I never said that. I never even implied that.” He has refused to apologize for his words saying the police would rather “shut me down,” than focus the issue of police brutality.
“I’m a person with a conscience,” he said, “I am on the side of the murdered. I am not a cop hater.”
Jim Pasco of the Fraternal Order of Police said Friday that he has something planned for Tarantino and “the element of surprise is the most important element.”
He also said the surprise will hurt Tarantino “the only way that seems to matter to him, and that’s economically.”
Tarantino has received public support from filmmaker Michael Moore and the SoCal ACLU.
KCAL9’s Peter Daut on Friday spoke to Peter Repovich, director of the LA Police Protective League.
He wanted to make it clear that the threats against Tarantino were not physical.
“We have just as much of a right to shout him down,” said Repovich, “as he does us.”
Tarantino was a guest on Real Time with Bill Maher Friday evening along with Keith Olbermann and former Cong. Anthony Weiner.
Daut says Tarantino is still not backing down.
He said, “We actually do need to talk to the cops about this [brutality]. We need to get to the problem. We need to bring this to the table.”
Maher asked him if he was going to continue to speak out to which the director replied, “Yeah, absolutely.”