The Los Angeles Police Department is beefing up its presence at L.A. Live for tonight's premiere of Straight Outta Compton.
The film, about hip-hop's N.W.A and the gangsta rap explosion it sparked, will be celebrated at 7:30 p.m. with an invite-only premiere featuring some of the cast and crew. The movie opens in theaters on Friday.
LAPD will increase its patrols around the downtown venue with extra Central Bureau special events officers as well as a crew of Gang Enforcement Detail cops, officer Mike Lopez says.
In the 1980s and 1990s, a movie that touched on gang-related content could bring trouble. These days, not so much. But the department doesn't want to take any chances.
Is it ironic that some of the members of the group that once said “F—- Tha Police” could end up being protected by them? Nah.
Lopez says Hollywood premieres normally draw extra officers regardless of content.
“We're going to have quite a few officers out there who will take care of any situation that arises,” he said.