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Quentin Tarantino's father Tony says: 'It's an injustice to call New York cops murderers'

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Karen Butler
Actor Christoph Waltz (L) reacts to comments by director Quentin Tarantino during an unveiling ceremony honoring Waltz with the 2,536th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on Dec. 1, 2014. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Actor Christoph Waltz (L) reacts to comments by director Quentin Tarantino during an unveiling ceremony honoring Waltz with the 2,536th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on Dec. 1, 2014. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Quentin Tarantino's father Tony says he doesn't agree with the Oscar winner, who made controversial remarks last weekend at a Manhattan rally against police brutality.

"Quentin is a phenomenal talent, a filmmaking genius," the elder Tarantino told the New York Daily News.

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"So when he or someone like him gets up and makes a statement like that, it's felt the world around," the filmmaker's father added. "It's an injustice to call New York cops murderers. That is so wrong. They don't deserve that kind of talk. ... There are idiots in any profession ... But you can't come down on a whole department."

The newspaper said Tony Tarantino, 75, is a Queens native with family members who work for the New York Police Department.

His son joined hundreds of demonstrators at the RiseUpOctober-organized event held on Oct. 24.

"This is not being dealt with, then these murdering cops would be in jail or at least be facing charges," the Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs auteur told the crowd regarding police brutality. "When I see murders, I do not stand by ... I have to call a murder a murder, and I have to call the murderers the murderers."

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The 52-year-old director's comments drew the ire of police unions around the country whose leaders swiftly called for the boycott of Tarantino's films. His next movie The Hateful Eight is due out in December.

"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," said NYPD Association President Patrick Lynch.

The rally took place just days after NYPD Officer Randolph Holder was shot and killed in the line of duty.

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