Dark Knight Massacre: LAPD Sends Undercover Cops Into Area Theaters

Comments (0)


Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 2:40 PM

click to enlarge Chief Beck. - NEON TOMMY / FLICKR
  • Neon Tommy / Flickr
  • Chief Beck.
The LAPD today said it was sending "undercover" officers to area theaters as a precaution in the wake of the massacre of film-goers at a screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado.

"In regard to what happened in Colorado, there will be spot checks," an officer told the Weekly.

In a statement the department said uniformed cops would also be a high-visibility presence at theaters and other public events in the wake of the tragedy:

Today, and in the immediate future, the LAPD will be providing hi-visibility patrol to major theaters in Los Angeles, as well as other sporting events, concerts and crowded venues. Our presence will be both uniformed officers as well as undercover officers.

... Even though there is no apparent connection between Los Angeles and the incident in Aurora, we will be increasing both uniformed presence and undercover surveillance at Movie Theaters and other venues where large crowds gather.

The move to put undercover cops in theaters and at other events wasn't entirely unprecedented, a department official told us. She noted that plain-clothes vice officers do regular spot checks at adult theaters.

Today LAPD Chief Charlie Beck reacted to the Colorado massacre, stating:

I am outraged by the cowardly attack on innocent movie patrons in Colorado last night. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those innocent victims. Since Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world, it is important that we all remain vigilant and do everything we can to prevent incidents like this from occurring in our Communities. Remember, IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING.

[@dennisjromero / djromero@laweekly.com / @LAWeeklyNews]

Related Content

Now Trending

  • Justin Bieber Takes Over Notorious L.A. Party House

    This party house has already been the target of neighbors' complaints, so we wonder how things will go with Justin Bieber reportedly renting the place. See also: Weidlake Party House Gets MTV Show Despite Neighbors' Complaints The Weidlake residence in the Hollywood Hills has been the site of parties, porn shoots...
  • Young Man Killed Over His Skateboard in Echo Park

    The streets just northwest of downtown were busy with club-goers attending the Echo Park Rising music festival over the weekend, but that didn't stop three suspects from attacking a skateboarder over his ride, according to police and reports. The skater in his 20s was fatally stabbed, cops said. Family members...
  • Robin Williams Hanged Himself, Had Bloody Knife at His Side

    Marin County authorities today said actor and comedian Robin Williams had hanged himself overnight, had a bloody pocket knife at his side, and had cuts on his left wrist when he was discovered inside his home yesterday morning. His body was "cool" and rigor mortis was present after a personal...
Los Angeles Concert Tickets