Police Dept. Is Sending Officers to ‘Dark Knight’ Theaters

In the wake of the mass shooting at a showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Colorado early Friday, the New York Police Department said it was deploying officers to movie theaters in the five boroughs that are showing the film.

Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said in a statement that officers were being deployed “as a precaution against copycats and to raise the comfort levels among movie patrons.” He did not provide further details.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who has waged a national campaign for stricter gun laws, also discussed the shooting on Friday. In his weekly radio appearance, he called on President Obama and the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, to more concretely address the issue of gun violence in their campaigns.

“You know, soothing words are nice,” Mr. Bloomberg said, “but maybe it’s time that the two people who want to be president of the United States stand up and tell us what they are going to do about it, because this is obviously a problem across the country.”

Outside the AMC movie theater on 42nd street in Times Square on Friday morning, a police car was parked outside where “The Dark Knight Rises” was being shown. But that was the extent of any visible police presence.

Several moviegoers interviewed said they felt reassured that the police were stepping up security at theaters showing the film. “Where the police are, the criminals stay away,” said Phil Isaac, 30, from the Bronx.

And judging by the lines outside the theater, the violence in Colorado seemed to have no effect on the popularity of the latest installment in the Batman movie franchise.

“Crazy stuff happens all the time, but you can’t let one crazy incident affect everyone,” said Joshua Bross, 23, of New Jersey.

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The Clumsy Commuter

Dear Diary:

On my morning No. 2 train ride, crowded as usual, the oblivious man standing next to me could do no right.

As he knelt to find something in his bag, he blocked off half a carriage of free space. When he stood and someone tried to walk by, he raised an elbow and whacked the unfortunate commuter in the chest. Another rider, having left the seat next to him to alight from the train, was forced to navigate his armpit.

Here, I thought, is a man who has never thought about the free flow of traffic, and sorely needs a lesson in allowing New Yorkers some room to move.

At Wall Street, he finally turned to leave and I saw the logo on his fleece: N.Y.C. Department of Transportation.

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