A former Los Angeles City councilman and LAPD officer blasted the timing of the release of Straight Outta Compton, saying that it exacerbates current tensions between citizens and police departments.
According to CBS Los Angeles, Dennis Zine, who also helps supervise the Police Protective League, stated:
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. Could it have been released later? Does it have to be released now? 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.
Straight Outta Compton, which chronicles the history of the gangsta rap group N.W.A., raked in $56.1 million over the weekend in its debut, while portraying police officers in a harshly negative light. LAPD officers who have worked assiduously to improve relations with their communities have expressed anger at the film’s portrayal of policemen as “beating machines,” according to TMZ. Zine told TMZ, “It’s a terrible time to release a movie like this. It adds fuel to the fire for hating cops.”