San Gabriel Police Officers’ Association supports the boycott of Quentin Tarantino
At the rally, Tarantino referred to officer-involved shootings as “murders.” Not only were his remarks categorizing officer-involved shootings which resulted in fatalities as murders, complete fabrications and outright lies; his remarks further inflamed the hateful rhetoric that has been directed at law enforcement officers for the past year. Real life is nothing like the fantasy ultra-violent movies that Tarantino makes and profits from. The threats to police officers and threats to the community as a whole are very real. Whether his comments were intended to stoke the fires of anti-police sentiment that is felt in some communities or not, his celebrity status causes many people to listen to what he has to say. Although, he has a right to whatever views or opinions he chooses, he has a responsibility to craft his words carefully and be aware of the potential consequences of those words.
We ask that you join the men and women who risk their lives every day, and unfortunately who sometimes lose their lives in the service of others, by letting Tarantino and others like him know that police lives matter just as much as everyone else. And to also let them know that when an officer is forced into a position to use deadly or any other type of force, it was because of the actions or perceived threats of someone else.
We in law enforcement come to work each day hoping to make a difference and to make our communities a safer and better place for everyone, even for those who hate us and wish harm to those protecting them.