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The NYPD is sending undercover cops to Joker screenings for its opening weekend

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The NYPD will be increasing police presence at movie theaters showing director Todd Phillips’ new Joker movie, including undercover officers at screenings.

Deadline reports that the NYPD’s Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison ordered officers to station themselves outside of New York City theaters showing the DC Comics movie starring Joaquin Phoenix.

Along with a visible police presence, the NYPD also plans to send a separate contingent of undercover officers.

“If something happens inside one of the screenings, we intend to be able to pacify the situation quickly and conclusively,” a police source told Deadline.

The LAPD also released a statement to Deadline last week, saying they too plan to be visible at movie theaters the weekend of the movie’s release.

Phillip’s Joker looks at the backstory of one of the most famous villains in pop culture, attributing the character’s loner lifestyle and need to be liked to his eventual transformation into the Joker audiences have come to know.

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