NEW YORK – The executive director of the largest police union in the country is threatening a “surprise” for Quentin Tarantino after the director drew its ire for comments about police brutality.
Jim Pasco of the Fraternal Order of Police told the Hollywood Reporter on Thursday that the union has something planned for Tarantino and that “the element of the surprise is the most important element.”
“The time and place will come up and we’ll try to hurt him the only way that seems to matter to him, and that’s economically,” said Pasco. He said this event could happen anytime between now and the premiere of “The Hateful Eight,” which opens Christmas Day.
Numerous police groups have said they’ll boycott the film after Tarantino attended an anti-police brutality rally in October where said he was protesting “murder” and was there to demonstrate that he’s “on the side of the murdered.”
New York Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association boss Pat Lynch called Tarantino a “cop-hater.” Texas Rep. Ted Poe, a Republican, called Tarantino’s comments “idiotic” and said they “encourage mischief and crimes against peace officers.”
Tarantino, who didn’t immediately return messages on Pasco’s pledge, has defended his remarks and insisted he’s not “anti-police.” Appearing on MSBNC on Wednesday, Tarantino said that police, by feuding with him, are obscuring “the fact that the citizenry has lost trust in (police).”
“Anybody who acknowledges that there’s a problem in law enforcement in this country right now is considered by law enforcement part of the problem – whether that be me, whether that be (New York Mayor) Bill de Blasio, whether that be President Barack Obama,” said Tarantino.
Messages left with Pasco for further comment on the union’s plans were not immediately returned Friday.