LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — “Straight Outta Compton” is the number one movie this weekend having raked in more than $50 million at the box office, but not everyone is a fan.
The film depicts the late 1980s rise of gangsta rap group N.W.A. and became a box office hit this weekend in its debut. Throughout the film’s trailer, police officers are depicted as aggressive and ill-behaved.READ MORE: LAPD Makes 6 Arrests, Confiscates Vehicles And Firearm Related To Motorcycle Sideshows In Fairfax District
Dennis Zine is a former LAPD officer, former Los Angeles City Councilman, and also helped run the Police Protective League.
He believes there is a high price that comes with the film’s success.
“When you see the tension that’s taking place in many parts of America with law enforcement now, I think this movie just adds fuel to that particular fire,” Zine said. “Could it have been released later? Does it have to be released now?”
Moviegoer Liana Miloyan thinks this is the right time for the nation to see the film.READ MORE: Deadly Hit-And-Run At Long Beach Apartment Complex Destroys Security Station, Killing Security Guard
“Even though this was portraying something like more than 20 years ago, it’s still happening today,” Miloyan said.
Enzo Cnop says these artists have a First Amendment right to show whatever they want.
“It’s made by them so they’re gonna show the police how they think about the police and if that’s the way they want to portray it, that’s the way they wanna portray it,” Cnop said.
Still, Zine is convinced the release was irresponsible and could have damaging effects.
“Spending 50 years in law enforcement, I’ve seen the situations where something sparks and with this excessive heat, it doesn’t take much to spark a situation,” he said.MORE NEWS: With Triple Digit Temps On The Way Experts Warn Of Severe Fire Danger
LAPD beefed up security at theaters when the movie first came out, but there were never any security incidents reported at any of the film’s screenings.