Las Vegas police plan to patrol theaters during 'Joker' showings

Posted at 4:51 PM, Oct 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-03 16:51:15-04

LAS VEGAS — The Las Vegas Metro Police Department has said it will deploy "additional resources" this weekend amid fears that Joker will inspire violent attacks.

The movie, starring Joaquin Phoenix, shows the rise of Batman's nemesis. The movie implies that bullying is among the issues that sparked the Joker's violent streak — and authorities are concerned the movie could inspire copycats.

The LVMPD is among those concerned groups. The department issued a press release on Thursday, saying that "additional resources will be available to respond to local theaters in the event a police response is necessary."

Last week, the US Army said in an email to soldiers that screenings of the film could be targets for violent attacks by incels or other online hate groups.

A theater in Aurora, Colorado, which was the site of a 2012 mass shooting during an opening night screening of "The Dark Knight Rises," has already said it will not be showing Joker out of respect for survivors and their families.

Theaters have also said that it will not allow fans to show up to screenings in certain costumes.

Read the LVMPD's statement in full below.

The LVMPD is aware of the public's concern regarding this weekend's release of the Joker movie. Public safety is our top priority and additional resources will be available to respond to local theaters in the event a police response is necessary. In addition, LVMPD patrol officers may be seen in or around theaters conducting extra patrol. All citizens are encouraged to report any suspicious activity by calling 702 828-7777 or 311/911 or for immediate police assistance.

This story was originally published by Jason Dinant on KTNV in Las Vegas