Are Dallas Police Upping Security For Dark Knight Rises? We Don't Know Yet.

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Update at 2:34 p.m.:Okay, now we know. DPD's statement hit my inbox a few minutes ago:

In response to the shooting that occurred in Aurora, Colorado, the Dallas Police Department has instructed patrol officers to provide extra visibility and to be extra vigilant at public locations where large numbers of people gather, such as movie theaters. The Dallas Police Department does have plans and procedures in place to quickly and effectively respond to incidents of this nature. Police officers have been receiving training for several years on how to respond to an incident involving a person who is actively firing a weapon in public buildings.

As always, the Police Department requests the public to immediately call 911 whenever suspicious activity is observed.

Original post: The middle-of-the-night screenings of The Dark Knight Rises in Dallas came and went without incident but, as you've no doubt heard by now, that wasn't the case in Aurora, Colorado. There, in the early-morning hours, a 24-year-old man decked out in trench coat and bulletproof vest entered a packed theater via the emergency exit and opened fire, killing a dozen and injuring 50 or so.

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly was quick to announce the department was upping security at movie theaters "as a precaution against copycats and to raise the comfort levels among movie patrons in the wake of the horrendous shooting in Colorado."

So, how about Dallas? Police spokesman Sherri Jeffrey said a few minutes ago that she wasn't sure but that she was checking and will send out a press release when she finds out.

If they do think it's necessary to up security -- and given that this was a random act by a lone nutcase, I'm not sure that it is -- they better hop to it. AMC NorthPark's first screening in daytime hours started at 9:45 a.m. I called the theater just to make sure and, yep, everything's on schedule.

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12 comments
TexasCop
TexasCop

You can't harden every possible target.  Given how violent our movies have become in the last 20 years, movie-inspired shootings like this shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone.  It's becoming the new normal.

peachCobbler
peachCobbler

I'm still waiting for the extra security to show up at Lubys

ket354
ket354

"We're don't know yet."

 

No we're don't.

1morereason2carry
1morereason2carry

I saw it out at the theater by Frys at midnight. I was shocked when I saw absolutely security presence at all. Hundreds of people milling about in the parking lot.

 

I had a bad feeling for some reason and came home only to read about the shooting in CO.

mcdallas
mcdallas

Are We Proofing Story Titles?  I'm don't think so. :)

Albert
Albert

ABC was the first out of the gate to identify the shooter as connected with the tea party, except they were a little eager, and were wrong.

Guest
Guest

We may not have the best educational system, health care, per capita income, etc. but when it comes to shutting the barn door after the horse already got out, the USA is #1!

EricNicholson4
EricNicholson4 moderator

 @mcdallasHey, it's Friday. Already started shutting down mental functions for the weekend.

TexOHara
TexOHara

 @Albert  What I think @Guest means is that Americans tend to be over-reactionary to events such as the tragic shooting last night.

engmofo
engmofo

 @mcdallas Horses carrying assault  weapons? it's the apocalypse !

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