Quentin Tarantino went on MSNBC tonight to talk about his comments at an NYC rally against police brutality that have led cops around the country to urge a boycott of his movies. In his first TV interview since the October 24 event, the filmmaker told Chris Hayes that he stands by his reasons for attending the protest and for “speaking his mind.”

Tarantino comments“We were at a rally for that was dealing with unarmed people, mostly black and brown, who have been shot and killed — or beaten or strangled — by the police,” he told the host on All In With Chris Hayes, “and I was obviously referring to the people in those types of situations.” After naming some of the widely reported victims of such actions, including Eric Garner and Tamir Rice, Tarantino said, “In those cases in particular that we’re talking about, I actually do believe that they were murder.”

Asked by Hayes is he was surprised by the “vitriol” with which police responded to his comments at the rally,” Tarantino said: “Yeah, I was surprised. I was under the impression that I’m an American and that I had First Amendment rights and there was no problem with me going to an anti-police brutality protest and speaking my mind. And just because I was at an anti-police brutality rally doesn’t mean that I’m anti-police.”

Watch the nearly 10-minute interview above.