PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Police agencies across the Valley are joining others across the country vowing to boycott Quentin Tarantino's new movie that opens in theaters on Christmas Day.
But despite the controversy caused by his comments, Tarantino says he's not going to apologize or back down from what he said.
"I am a human being with a conscience, and when I see a murder I cannot stand by, and I have to call the murdered the murdered, and the murderers the murderers," said Quentin Tarantino.
In his first comments since the controversy, Tarantino told the Los Angeles Times that law enforcement have criticized him and are trying to intimidate him. Tarantino telling the Los Angeles "Instead of dealing with the problem of police brutality in the country, better they single me out."
"The timing couldn't have been worse, the comments couldn't have been more tasteless," said Officer Ken Crane with the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association.
PLEA is one of the several groups calling for a boycott of Tarantino's movies.
But Tarantino is making it clear that he isn't backing down.
"We have to be responsible for our words, deeds, and actions. That's something that appears to be lost on Mr. Tarantino," said Crane.
In the article with the LA Times, Tarantino added that "all cops are not murderers." As for the calls for a boycott of his upcoming movie, "The Hateful Eight," the distributor The Weinstein Company says, "Tarantino should be allowed to speak for himself."