Police prepared for any contingency at Brown movie premiere

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Security preparations for tonight’s premiere of the James Brown biopic Get On Up began long before the actors and director fly into town.

SLIDESHOW: World Premiere

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The Richmond County sheriff’s newly formed Dignitary Protection Team of about 17 people already has looked at every imaginable possibility to ensure that the premiere and afterparty at the Augusta Museum of History goes smoothly, Maj. Steve Strickland said.

He referred to the team’s preparations as “a scaled-down version of what the Secret Service does.” The preparations for the 600 to 800 people expected to be in attendance aren’t too different from how the sheriff’s office would have acted before the team was formed. Now, though, it has more formal training.

The team has already done a site survey and looked at plans for Regal Cinemas and the history museum and have tossed around several worst-case scenarios and put plans into place for how to react to each one.

The scenarios range from someone falling and twisting an ankle at the event to some that Strickland didn’t want to mention.

“But there is zero threat at this time,” he said. The plans serve as a precautionary measure and follow under the rule of “better safe than sorry.”

Strickland said that because of the profile of some of those in attendance, the sheriff’s office decided to put forth the same plans as it would for a dignitary visiting the county.

Brown’s daughter Deanna Brown-Thomas previously told The Augusta Chronicle that Chadwick Boseman, who plays Brown, director Tate Taylor and Lakeside High graduate Keith Robinson, who plays Brown’s band member Baby Roy, are expected to attend.

The team has even put several alternate traffic routes together in case an unrelated wreck causes issues for people traveling from the premiere to the afterparty.

Preparation will continue today as team members take more precautions, including taking police dogs in to check the sites.

Strickland could not specify how many would be providing security at the event.

“We’ve set it up so that people can have the best experience,” he said.

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shamrock 07/24/14 - 07:37 am
Good Foot

So the RCSO is "getting up on the good foot"!!!

AFjoe 07/24/14 - 01:23 pm

Sounds like the RCSD is preparing for a visit from the Prez. himself.
The museum crowd is usually purty tame.

Butterman 07/24/14 - 02:15 pm
This is Not The World Premier

The real world premier happened the other night at The Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY. Perhaps Augusta might have been considered for the location of the real premier if it had a decent large historic theater comparable to The Apollo. Instead we have the tiny Imerial with its ratty seats and stained carpet. The Miller across the street is in a state of seemingly perpetual limbo (though if it were renovated, it would have been an ideal spot). No.. so what Augusta gets is a token premier at a dated multiplex in a suburban strip mall. Classy. What's even worse is that not one scene of the James Brown biopic was shot in The Augusta area. One has to wonder if city leaders made any effort at all to have parts of the movie filmed here. It's not like Georgia is off the radar of Hollywood. Dozens of films and TV shows are filmed in the Peach State.. the state offers generous tax incentives to bring Hollywood crews here to film. It is hard to explain then why not one scene about an entertainer who grew up in The CSRA was not filmed here.

Pops 07/24/14 - 05:35 pm
I'm glad that they are preparing

for anything......even though it may be the safest place in the area.....wait a minute......is this the place that the "teen" opened fire on some other "teens" in front of the sandwich shop???? Never mind.......

Gage Creed
Gage Creed 07/24/14 - 09:03 pm

I did notice that the MRAP wasn't parked at the 401 Hilton like it normally is...

mosovich 07/24/14 - 09:17 pm
What did you want?

So you would want them to build a huge theatre to show some movie that most of us will probably never see to have a couple famous (in some people's minds) come see a movie.. Big deal, there are far more important things that the money that has been used on security etc should've been spent on.. I mean you'd think the President himself was coming to town.. Do they do this when famous people come to visit the masters? NO, so why for a movie..

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