LOS ANGELES, CA (FOX 11) - What started as a speech Quentin Tarantino gave at a protest has now turned into a war of words between the director and police unions and officers across the country.
And several law enforcement groups are now asking people to boycott Quentin Tarantino's next movie "The Hateful Eight" set for a Christmas release.
Tarantino says it's all an effort to discredit and intimidate him after he spoke out against police brutality at a rally in Brooklyn last month.
'I am a human being with a conscience and when I see murder I cannot stand by and I have to call the murdered the murdered.', Tarantino said at the Rise Up October protest march. 'I have to call the murderers, the murderers.'
The backlash from police officers came immediately, with many asking for an apology from Tarantino.
When that didn't come, others began asking those who support law enforcement to boycott his new film.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Tarantino was quoted as saying, "Frankly, it feels lousy to have a bunch of police mouthpieces call me a cop hater. I'm not a cop hater. This is a misrepresentation. That is slanderous. That is not how I feel. I'm not taking back what I said. What I said was the truth."
He added "All cops are not murderers. I never said that. I never even implied that."
"The Hateful Eight" is a post-civil war western and stars Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell, among others.
The Times complete interview with Quentin Tarantino can be found at: http://fw.to/OBXV4xJ.