NEW YORK — After a week of backlash from police groups threatening to boycott his upcoming film, Quentin Tarantino stood by his comments about police brutality and said he wouldn’t be intimidated from voicing his opinion.

Tarantino told The Los Angeles Times on Tuesday that law enforcement groups are trying to bully him. “Instead of dealing with the problem of police brutality in this country, better they single me out,” Tarantino said.

“And their message is very clear,” he continued. “It’s to shut me down. It’s to discredit me. It is to intimidate me. It is to shut my mouth, and even more important than that, it is to send a message out to any other prominent person that might feel the need to join that side of the argument.”

The director’s strong response signaled that he wasn’t backing down from what he said last month at an anti-police brutality rally Brooklyn. Tarantino said he was “on the side of the murdered.”

His comments provoked outrage from a growing number of police groups that have called for the boycott of Tarantino’s December release “The Hateful Eight.”

– From news service reports


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