LAPD Beefed Up Security For The 'Straight Outta Compton' Premiere
The LAPD beefed up security at the Straight Outta Compton premiere, making their presence known before a film celebrating the rap group that said "F— the police."The N.W.A. biopic saw its world premiere at L.A. Live on Monday night, and according to L.A. Weekly, the police department had additional units from both the Central Bureau and Gang Enforcement Detail on hand. Although Hollywood premieres often draw extra officers, security was notably beefed up for Straight Outta Compton. The AP says extra barricades and metal detectors were all put in place for attendees to navigate.
"We will have plenty of resources and officers there in case of any emergency," Officer Mike Lopez told The Wrap. "We wish that everybody enjoys the premiere and has a safe evening."
Lopez told the L.A. Times that no credible threat actually led to the extra measures, but, "Better safe than sorry."
"I'm not surprised by any of it," Straight Outta Compton actress Carra Patterson told CBS 2. "I think that speaks to what the movie is about. It speaks to everything that's going on in our country." On Monday, a state of emergency was declared in Ferguson as demonstrations marking the anniversary of Michael Brown's death continued and a man was shot by police.
"This movie is powerful. It's inspiration, and it's going to change a lot of lives," said actor Sheldon Smith. "It's going to give people hope, you know, to move forward, especially with what's going on with police nowadays."
Straight Outta Compton chronicles the rise and fall of the rap group N.W.A., which included Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Eazy-E among its members. The film takes its name from their debut album, which included the controversial song "Fuck Tha Police."
At the premiere, Ice Cube toned down his rhetoric a bit, but told CNN (via CBS 2): "There's enough videotapes. There's enough things out there going on now to hold these officers accountable. Let's do it. We just got to have the courage."