Former Officer Slams Police Portrayal in 'Straight Outta Compton': 'It Adds Fuel to the Fire'
A former LAPD officer is making his feelings about 'Straight Outta Compton' known following the film's box office success.
Straight Outta Compton raked in more than $50 million at the box office this weekend - but not everyone is a fan.
Former LAPD officer and former Los Angeles City Councilman, Dennis Zine, slammed the way police were portrayed in the N.W.A. biopic.
The film, centers around “The World’s Most Dangerous Group” and their rise to fame with songs like “Straight Outta Compton” and “F*** Tha Police," and features their run-ins with law enforcement.
"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 told CBS News Los Angeles. "Could it have been released later? Does it have to be released now?"
Zine, who also helped run Police Protective League, told CBS LA: “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.”
Ice Cube, a founding member of N.W.A. and whose son, O’Shea Jackson, Jr. portrays him in the film, spoke with Gayle King about where their anger came from on CBS This Morning.
He said: “If the cops think every single black young male or brown young male look like a gang banger, dress like a gang banger, now it's a war on young black males.”
DJ Yella of N.W.A. told INSIDE EDITION’s Jim Moret he is amazed about the parallels from the issues the group faced then to the youth of today.
“It is amazing it is still going on. It is not all the cops. We are not talking about all the cops. We are talking about the bad ones. Once they crossed the line, they are criminals.”
N.W.A. was also known for their misogynistic lyrics, interestingly, women comprised 52 percent of the weekend audience.
Some theaters around the country beefed up security at screenings, but so far the fears of violence have been unfounded.
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