LAPD deploy gang enforcement officers as NWA reunite at ‘Straight Outta Compton’ film premiere

Surviving members of the hip-hop group attend Los Angeles screening of new biopic

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) reportedly sent officers from their gang enforcement unit to oversee proceedings at the premiere of new NWA film Straight Outta Compton on Monday night (August 10).

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 LA premiere was attended by surviving NWA members Dr Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella. The group’s fifth member Eazy-E passed away in 1995.

The Los Angeles Times reports that LAPD officers joined private security staff to patrol the grounds surrounding the LA Live venue.

Explaining why they deployed “several officers” to the premiere, LAPD’s Central Bureau Officer Mike Lopez said: “We want everybody to enjoy the event. Better safe than sorry.”


DJ Yella told Yahoo at the event: “We did something we never thought we would do, we made records, and now 26 years later a big movie about us is coming out in 20 countries. It is amazing, I didn’t think we had a story that big. They took 10 years and squashed it into two hours and 25 minutes.”

He added: “During filming it really took me back and brought back a lot of memories, especially when Eazy died.”

Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Zayn Malik, Common and Wesley Snipes were among those attending the premiere.

Watch a trailer for Straight Outta Compton below. The film hits cinemas on Friday (August 14).

Dr Dre released a new album inspired by the film, ‘Compton’, last Friday (August 7). ‘Compton’ is the rapper/producer’s first album in 16 years, following on from 1999’s ‘2001’. It features guest spots from Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and more.