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Cambridge Police Plan Extra Patrols For "Straight Outta Compton" Premiere

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.-  For many people, Friday night is movie night.  But one particular film that opens this week is striking a chord with some moviegoers.

The musical biopic "Straight Outta Compton" is the birth story of a polarizing hip-hop group from California.  In the 1980s, these musicians stood up to the authorities who, they say, tried to keep them down on the dangerous streets.  At times, the film includes an anti-police message.  As a result, some theaters across the country are amping up police presence during screenings.

In Dorchester County, Cambridge police are one of those agencies stepping up patrols.  The content of the movie has police and the theater expecting a large turnout for the film.  Police say they are just going to be at the theater Friday night to provide extra security as a precaution with the large crowd.  But some are wondering why they are not doing this for every other major movie.

Word on the street is it's a pretty good film. Cambridge police it is because of those good reviews that theater management is expecting large crowds.

"If they have a belief that they are going to have a large crowd, we're just going to have some extra patrols in the area," said Maj. Mark Lewis with the CPD.  "That's it.  We're not going to have undercover officers inside, such and such, officers in the lobby, we're just going to maintain extra patrols in the area, that's it."

But some are wondering why there is extra police presence for this movie, and not for other major films this summer, like Terminator Genisys or Jurassic World.

"They shouldn't discriminate in no kind of way. What happened to the other movies?  There's way more movies out there with violence and everything in it," said Thomas Diaz of Cambridge.

Police say though, it has nothing to do with content, they just want to make sure everyone in the crowd is safe.

"Taste of Cambridge, Summer Sendoff, any of our extra events, we always deploy extra officers, just so we can have that presence," Lewis said. He added that the CPD will be working more closely with the theater, to provide extra security during future major film premieres.

Some are OK with that presence.

"I mean if there is a slightly elevated risk, then sure, taking precautions sounds fine with me," said Dustin Nwakudo.

But theater management expects a calm night.

"Just like every weekend, it's going to be a fun night at the movies, I don't anticipate any problems," said general manager Dennis Benjamin.

One moviegoer WBOC spoke with, worries the police presence could provoke a situation.  Cambridge police said their presence there is just as a precaution, especially in light of the recent incidents in other theaters across the country.  They will be patrolling the general area Friday night.
 

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