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John Nuthall


October 30, 2015

Tony Tarantino, Quentin’s father, says Quentin is dead wrong about police officers being murderers

Tony Tarantino, the father of world famous movie producer Quentin Tarantino, says his son is dead wrong about police officers being murderers.

“I love my son and have great respect for him as an artist but he is dead wrong in calling police officers, particularly in New York City where I grew up, murderers,” Tony Tarantino said.  “He is a passionate man and that comes out in his art but sometimes he lets his passion blind him to the facts and to reality.  I believe that is what happened when he joined in those anti-cop protests,” Tarantino added.  “I wish he would take a hard, dispassionate look at the facts before jumping to conclusions and making these kinds of hurtful mistakes that dishonor an honorable profession.  We have many friends and relatives who have served honorably in the NYPD and the LAPD and clearly, they risk their lives to keep the rest of us safe.  Cops are not murderers, they are heroes.”

PBA president Patrick J. Lynch said: “We are very grateful to Tony Tarantino for having the courage to speak out and support the police.  It is not easy criticizing someone you care about.  But his son, Quentin Tarantino, has insulted the very people who protect his freedom of speech and who facilitate the making of his films.  He owes an apology to law enforcement officers across country and we will continue to encourage the boycotting of his films until he makes such an apology.  The list of police agencies across the country who will boycott Quentin Tarantino’s films is long and growing.”

Tony Tarantino is an actor, musician and film maker in his own right.  He was born in Queens, New York and credits local police officers and his involvement in the Police Athletic League for setting him straight in his youth.

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