As the much-anticipated movie, "The Joker," hits theaters across the country, the Yonkers Police will join other departments across the region with an increased presence at local theaters.
The department said movier-goers can expect to see an increased presence at local theatres over the weekend.
Although the department said they have no indication of any specific threat, out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of residents, police officers will be assigned to and or conducting directed patrols at the Ridge Hill, Cross County, and Alamo Drafthouse theater locations, the department said.
Starring Joaquin Phoenix as Arther Fleck, “a man disregarded by society” who slowly transforms into the comic-book madman, police are taking extra precautions to ensure that nothing happens similar to the 2012 Aurora, Colorado shootings during a midnight screen of the Batman film “The Dark Knight.”
During that mass shooting event, a man set off tear grass grenades and shot into a full audience at a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.” In total, 12 people were killed and 70 others injured.
Yonkers police said moviegoers will not be allowed to wear face-masks, face-paintings, etc. Additionally, there will be random bag searches.
No unaccompanied minors will be allowed into the R-rated movie.
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