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Quentin Tarantino Clarifies Police Comments: 'I'm Not a Cop Hater'

"Just because I went to an anti-police brutality protest doesn't mean I'm anti-police," filmmaker says

Quentin Tarantino appeared on 'All In With Chris Hayes' to clarify his remarks comparing police officers to murderers

As more police unions nationwide joined the boycott against Quentin Tarantino after the filmmaker spoke at RiseUpOctober's anti-police brutality rally on October 20th, Tarantino appeared on All In With Chris Hayes to clarify his remarks. "I'm not a cop hater," Tarantino said after being labeled as such by police unions across the country. "Anybody who acknowledges that there's a problem in law enforcement in this country right now is considered by law enforcement as part of the problem, whether that be me, whether that be [New York mayor] Bill de Blasio, whether that be President Barack Obama."

At the rally, Tarantino called some police officers "murderers," and while he stood by the crux of those comments, he fine-tuned his rationale on MSNBC. "We were at a rally where unarmed people – mostly black and brown – who have been shot and killed or beaten or strangled by the police, and I was obviously referring to the people in those types of situations. I was referring to Eric Garner, I was referring to Sam DuBose, I was referring to Antonio Guzman Lopez, I was referring to Tamir Rice," the director said. "In those cases in particular that we're talking about, I actually do believe that they were murder."

Tarantino admitted he was alarmed by the backlash from his rally comments. "I was surprised. I was under the impression I was American and had First Amendment rights and there was no problem with me going to an anti-police brutality protest and speaking my mind," Tarantino said of the police outcry. "Just because I went to an anti-police brutality protest doesn't mean I'm anti-police."

Tarantino added that instead of law enforcement tackling police brutality directly, he's being used as a scapegoat to further avoid the issue. "There was a lot of people at that rally, and we were all crying for a lot of things, but there was one thing in particular, which was 'Stop shooting unarmed people.' We want justice, but stop shooting unarmed people," Tarantino continued. "But [law enforcement] don't want to deal with that. They would rather start arguments with celebrities than examine the concerns put before them by a citizenry that's lost trust in them."