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The Oscars

Security Team 'Extra Vigilant' In Wake of Mass Shootings

2/24/2013 1:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0222-oscars-2013-securityLaw enforcement is on extra-high alert for tonight's Oscars ... given the wave of gun violence across the country ... various law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

The LAPD's official position is that they are always vigilant at Oscar ceremonies and security is tight.  But multiple law enforcement sources tell us ... there is "an extra knot" in security this year because of all the shootings that have made big news in the U.S..

One LAPD honcho tells us ... the general climate right now is intense:  "When someone from the city gets fired, the city manager of the department calls because they're scared the person who was fired will go postal."  The source adds, "People are going crazy with fear." 

On the stalker front ... we're told the LAPD gives a private security company -- Security Industry Specialists (SIS) -- an information packet of stalkers who are harassing stars who are attending the Oscars.  The packets include pictures of the stalkers, which are distributed to security in the field.

Times are tense.

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Dr Samuel Weiscrak    

"...given the wave of gun violence across the country..."

Huh, i wasn't aware there was a 'wave' of gun violence rolling across the country...

421 days ago
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ALR4EVER    

Sooooo hold on.. some of you think violent movies make people kill? Oh yeah okay... its not the fact that its easy to obtain a gun license then go postal, right? I watch violent movies, you do see me getting the urge to kill. I bet these same people blame McDonlads for obesity. Its called a CHOICE.

421 days ago
18.

Yes    

According to the FBI, crime is down. Illegal weapons are used over 85% of the time.

421 days ago
19.

Dr Samuel Weiscrak    

Anyone else see the irony that...

Advocates of the theory that tv/film/game violence begets real violence tend to be liberals.

Proponents of gun control tend to be liberals.

Hollywood is full of liberal financiers, producers, writers, directors and actors.

The Hollywood entertainment industry continues to spew out violent degrading TV programming and movies with no restraint in sight...

These liberal ass holes are all in favor of restricting our 2nd amendments rights, but God forbid anyone curtail their 1rst amendment right to produce all the violent rubbish they produce!

421 days ago
20.

Momma    

Armed guards? How about armed armed for our schools? You hollywood idiots profit off of violence ... then YOU want protection?

421 days ago
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Rolly Custodio    

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421 days ago
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Dr Samuel Weiscrak    

Seems to me the greatest risk of gun violence at the Oscars will come from all the on duty LAPD officers, and the off duty ones working security details, who are providing security for the event. just sayin'. Between the rogue ones, the ones who can't shoot straight, and the others that open fire without getting eyes on target first...maybe it would be best if they just took their side arms away and gave 'em all stun guns and a baton instead.

421 days ago
23.

3Storms    

Tell the truth. Security is stepped up because her royal highness Queen Michelle Obama is going to be there

421 days ago
24.

wendy    

wasn't it very recently at the golden globed there was heightened security, and some random guy was able to get on stage, on camera, even say a few words? and is this security the same people hunting for a fugative 2 wks ago, all the while he was across the street from them?, if yes was the answer to either one of these questions, perhaps a bullet proof vest should be this years fashion statement.....

421 days ago
25.

nickew515    

Why are ppl complaining about this! Article said security will be increased compared to last year and previous years. And yes this year there's been more mass shootings that got major attention than the last time the oscars were held. Not to mention one of those related shootings happened in the same town the oscars are in.

421 days ago
26.

ragu4u    

I sure hope security isn't too tight because some of the folks involved with making these films need to be put out of their misery!

421 days ago
27.

JOHN     

HAVE A GUILTY CONSCIOUS ......DO YA???

421 days ago
28.

LISA    

Here is what the ‘real’ news is saying about security at the Oscars:


"It will be presidential, as if the president were there — presidential-level security." Laura Ziskin, the producer of the Oscars


Streets and businesses around the Kodak Theater will be shut down for blocks in all directions.


Everyone, including the stars, will have to walk through metal detectors. This, after journalists and other attendees already had to be cleared in advance by security checks.


According to one official with the Los Angeles Police Department, there will be as many police in Hollywood on Sunday as normally patrol the entire city of Los Angeles.

421 days ago
29.

myopinion    

Is this why the LAPD is shooting innocent people? SMH...

421 days ago
30.

David    

I bet the Grammys would be the first to tell us the day of the show they have all the security angles covered too.Still we saw the guy a know interloper in spite all their precautions still managed to get close enough to touch J-Lo.

421 days ago
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