The Aurora theater shooting has struck a nerve with moviegoers across the country.
Following suit with New York City, Los Angeles will be tightening up security at movie theaters throughout the City of Angels. The movement is in effort to protect Batman audiences from copycat shooting crimes.
Los Angeles Police Officer Wendy Reyes confirmed with Hollyscoop that increased security procedures are being put in place for the weekend.
“We are beefing up security today and throughout the weekend,” said Reyes. “We will be having uniformed officers and also undercover officers at all of the theaters that the film ‘The Dark Knight’ is showing.”
In addition to movie theaters, the protection effort will be extended throughout other major public locations.
“We will also have officers at other large venues to protect the public,” Reyes continued. “We are urging people to get a hold of 911 if they see anything that is suspicious.”
The Los Angeles effort comes after NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly publicly announced that keeping movie patrons safe is a top priority.
“To raise the comfort levels among movie patrons in the wake of the horrendous shooting in Colorado, the New York City Police Department is providing coverage at theaters where the ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is playing in the five boroughs,” said Kelly.
The Commissioner also reported in the announcement that the Colorado shooter James Holmes was dressed as Batman’s nemesis the Joker.
Despite the tragedy, Los Angeles will follow New York’s example to carry on by maintaining the activities of normal life.
“We want the public to continue with their daily lives and hopefully nothing like this happens in Los Angeles,” Reyes finished.