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PBA president calls for boycott of Quentin Tarantino movies after he joins ‘Rise Up October’ protests

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: Director Quentin Tarantino attends a march to denounce police brutality in Washington Square Park October 24, 2015 in New York City. The rally is part of a three-day demonstration against officer-involved abuse and killing. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — PBA president Pat Lynch is calling for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino movies after the Academy Award-winning filmmaker joined hundreds of people rallying and marching through the streets of New York City to protest 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. New Yorkers need to send a message to this purveyor of degeneracy that he has no business coming to our city to peddle his slanderous “Cop Fiction.” It’s time for a boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s films.”

Several demonstrators were arrested Saturday evening during the “Rise Up October” march denouncing police brutality.

Thousands marched from Washington Square Park to Bryant Park Saturday afternoon to call for change when it comes to police-involved deaths. According to the event’s website, the march is described as being “peaceful and determined.”

Speakers at the protest say they want to bring justice for people killed by police. Tarantino flew in from California to march alongside academic Cornel West at the #RiseUpOctober event.

The protest comes days after a police officer was fatally shot while chasing a theft suspect. The suspect has been charged with murder and robbery. His lawyer says there are missing details in the case.

The police commissioner and the mayor have said they’re serious about enacting smart reforms to build trust between police and communities.