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Preventative steps taken as worries of violence loom as N.W.A. biopic opens in theaters nationwide 

Straight Outta Compton

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Movie theaters around the country and police departments are preparing for today’s release of “Straight Outta Compton.” The biopic is based on the rap group N.W.A. and depicts the brutal gang violence that rocked South Los Angeles in the 1980s. The film also features significant police brutality and that has theater owners worried. Police, particularly in the Los Angeles area are concerned violence may erupt outside movie theaters showing the film. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has used a plan that increased patrols for other gang-related movies like “New Jack City” and “Boyz n the Hood” which both led to several shootings in the city. Some theaters owners say they’re adding more security amid racial tensions and recent shootings at theaters in Louisiana and Tennessee. Theaters often add extra security for busy weekends but this is the first time a movie studio is offering to pay the bill. Universal is that studio.

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