Former LAPD officer says new NWA film ‘adds fuel to the fire for hating cops’

'Straight Outta Compton' hit cinemas last Friday (August 14)

A former officer of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has criticised the makers of new NWA biopic film Straight Outta Compton.

Straight Outta Compton, named after the hip-hop group’s classic album of the same name, follows the rise of the rap outfit, touching upon their brushes with the local police force and ultimate success in the music industry. The movie hit cinemas last Friday (August 14).

Now, TMZ has reported that ex-LAPD officer and former LA City Councilman, Dennis Zine has claimed that the film unfairly portrays the police force as “beating machines”.

Zine allegedly said: “It’s a terrible time to release a movie like this. It adds fuel to the fire for hating cops.”

The release of the film follows recent tension in the US between the police force and the African-American community, with multiple incidents of alleged police brutality taking place in the past year.


Meanwhile, Dr Dre recently scored his first UK Number One album with comeback album ‘Compton’. The record, the rapper/producer’s first in 16 years, is said to have been inspired by the NWA film.

‘Compton’ features guest spots from Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and more.

Dre’s last LP release – 1999’s ‘2001’- reached a peak of Number Four, while his debut ‘The Chronic’ (1992) had a highest UK chart position of Number 43.

Read the NME review of ‘Compton’.