Tarantino, condemned by police, gets support from protesters

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Director Quentin Tarantino attends police brutality protest October 24 in NYC. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — Organizers of a rally against police brutality are speaking up in support of filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, who has been condemned by the New York Police Department’s commissioner and police associations over his remarks at the weekend event.

The Academy Award-winning filmmaker on Saturday joined demonstrators in the city speaking out against the deaths of people at the hands of police. He said he’s a “human being with a conscience” and “on the side of the murdered.”

NYPD Commissioner William Bratton has expressed his contempt for Tarantino. Police associations in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and New Jersey have urged boycotts of his movies.

Rally organizers on Thursday said that was an unacceptable attempt to punish someone for speaking out.

Messages left for the “Pulp Fiction” filmmaker’s representatives haven’t been returned.