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Police Preparing For Protesters at Sundance Screening of Michael Jackson Documentary

January 18, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Police are reportedly preparing for possible confrontations involving protesters at the Sundance premiere of the new Michael Jackson documentary. TMZ reports that fans of Jackson are set to protest the premiere, and police are set to increase their presence both inside and outside of the premiere in order to make sure things don’t get out of hand. Both uniformed and undercover officers will be utilized.0

The documentary, Leaving Neverland, will premiere at Sundance on January 25th before airing on HBO this spring. It features allegations by James Safechuck and Wade Robson that the late pop icon sexually abused them.

Police are most concerned about the possibility of disrupters causing problems during the Q&A part of the screening, as that is when protesters have generally caused the biggest disturbances. Police have no desire to prevent people from exercising their First Amendment rights but plan to make sure protesters don’t block sidewalks or entrances.