LAPD Says Officers Will Be Highly Visible Around ``Joker'' Screenings

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Los Angeles police say they will maintain a ``high visibility'' presence in areas where the movie ``Joker'' will be opening tonight.

The movie, starring Joaquin Phoenix in the lead role, is a violent, realistic take on the murderous comic book villain of ``Batman'' infamy.

Some people have expressed fears that the movie could inspire a real- life killer to commit an act of mass murder such as the one committed by a gunman during a 2012 midnight screening of the Batman film ``The Dark Knight Rises'' at a cinema in Aurora, Colo., where 12 people were killed and dozens were injured.

``The Los Angeles Police Department is aware of public concerns and the historical significance associated with the premiere of the 'Joker.' While there are no credible threats in the Los Angeles area, the department will maintain high visibility around movie theaters when it opens,'' officials said. ``We encourage everyone to go out and enjoy all of the weekend leisure activities this city has to offer, however, Angelenos should remain vigilant and always be aware of your surroundings. As always, if you see something, say something.''

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