New York: Moviemaker Quentin Tarantino joined activists protesting police brutality in America at a rally here.
The "Pulp Fiction" director was spotted among the crowds at the RiseUpOctober demonstration in Greenwich Village, and addressed the protesters, telling them, "I'm here to say I'm on the side of the murdered."
"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."
Tarantino, 52, reportedly flew to New York from his home in California just to attend the rally, which concluded with a march from Washington Square Park to Times Square, past lines of police officers who had cordoned off a traffic lane for the demonstrators, reported the New York Post.
The event took place days after New York cop Randolph Holder was fatally shot in Manhattan's East Harlem neighbourhood.
Tarantino said the timing of the demonstration was unfortunate, adding, "We've flown in all these families to go and tell their stories... That cop that was killed, that's a tragedy, too."
The director's comments irked police bosses in the Big Apple; they've called on police officers and their families to boycott his films.
"It's no surprise that someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence is a cop-hater, too," Patrick Lynch of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association said in a statement.
Lynch went on to call Tarantino a "purveyor of degeneracy" who "has no business coming to our city to peddle his slanderous 'Cop Fiction'."