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LAPD -- If You Don't Have Tickets, Don't Come!

7/5/2009 1:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The Michael Jackson memorial in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday is expected to draw a huge crowd, but the LAPD is trying to talk people who don't have tickets out of coming.

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Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell addressed the press today and reiterated time and time again that people who aren't lucky enough to win the drawing for tickets to the memorial should just stay home and watch it on TV -- or (CHEAP PLUG ALERT) watch it live here on TMZ.

The LAPD will also block off several square blocks around Staples Center (see above) but may expand the area based on the size of the crowd.

McDonnell also said the LAPD is working with the Jackson family on a "private family function" at the Forest Lawn cemetery. He had no other details.

To help reduce costs, McDonnell said they would try and send as many cops home as quickly as possible -- crowd size willing -- and that cops making OT would be the first to go. So far, he said, no private entities have step forward to help alleviate the cost.

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Dee    

its gonna be crazy! did anyone get their notice yet on the tickets?

1914 days ago
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PEPSI Generation    

MJ`s HERO the fifth beatle

1914 days ago
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teresa    

why doesn;t the family help pay the cost?

1914 days ago
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SYLVI212    

THERE SHOULDN'T BE ANY "PRIVATE ENTITIES" EXPECTED TO HELP DEFRAY THE COST. THE JACKSON FAMILY SHOULD PAY THE ENTIRE COST OF THIS "SHIN-DIG". ANYONE ELSE HAS TO PAY EVERY DIME FOR THEIR FAMILY MEMBER TO BE BURIED, NO MATTER HOW SMALL OR EXTRAVAGANT THE FUNERAL. THE TAXPAYERS SHOULD NOT HAVE TO ABSORB ONE DIME, NOR SHOULD THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES. THE FACT THIS GUY IS A MEGA-STAR DOESN'T ENTITLE HIM TO A TAXPAYER FUNERAL! IF PRIVATE ENTITIES AND/OR INDIVIDUALS WANT TO DONATE, THAT'S FINE OTHERWISE, THE COST SHOULD BE THE SOLE BURDEN OF THE JACKSON FAMILY.

1914 days ago
5.

ZTrader    

LAPD and their measly 7000 officers are no match for 750,000 grieving MJ fans.

1914 days ago
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PEPSI Generation    

MJ`s hero but billy preston is the first MJ and MJ`s whole life was built like the fifth beatle`s who started at three years old and sang with everyone.SATSISFACTION in 1965 he was the real deal.

1914 days ago
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Oh My Goodness    

Who the HELL are they to tell me NOT to come without a ticket?!?!?!?! Michael Jackson would want for me to be there regardless of anything! Screw the LAPD! They can kiss my @ss!

1914 days ago
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PEPSI Generation    

BILLY PRESTON 1965 he was the real deal and fifth beatle that Mj`s ife was built in clone of.DEE DEE SHARP was also MJ`s hero,BILLY PRESTON started at age three and died at age 59.

1914 days ago
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My two cents    

Ahh...anyone smell a riot? Give those jackasses in LA a reason to riot and they will damn take it. Party on animals.

1913 days ago
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lisy    

LAPD AND DNA ARE THE SAME AS KKK

1913 days ago
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Disgusting    

Every loser who comes should be issued a monetary citation. Pay up or go to jail. Use the money to pay for this ridiculous event.

Or, make the event throwers (who are ultimately going to profit by selling paraphernalia, video, etc) pay for the cost.

Anyone who profits from this ridiculous celebration of a singing pedophile who never paid his bills and hurt many people should pay for the cost of this spectacle.

Or, maybe the City Council should've used their heads and acted with responsibility and intelligence FOR ONCE and banned this event.

The fact is they are allowing it because businesses make money.

It's the taxpayer ONCE AGAIN that foots the bill so BUSINESS can profit.

Thanks, LA City Council. You continue to rob the taxpayers of this city, and continue to drive this once wonderful city into the ground.

Even in this historic financial meltdown, even with all the waste exposed and lessons learned, city officials are STILL making irresponsible, outrageous, inefficient, costly decisions.

1913 days ago
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Honey    

4. THERE SHOULDN'T BE ANY "PRIVATE ENTITIES" EXPECTED TO HELP DEFRAY THE COST. THE JACKSON FAMILY SHOULD PAY THE ENTIRE COST OF THIS "SHIN-DIG". ANYONE ELSE HAS TO PAY EVERY DIME FOR THEIR FAMILY MEMBER TO BE BURIED, NO MATTER HOW SMALL OR EXTRAVAGANT THE FUNERAL. THE TAXPAYERS SHOULD NOT HAVE TO ABSORB ONE DIME, NOR SHOULD THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES. THE FACT THIS GUY IS A MEGA-STAR DOESN'T ENTITLE HIM TO A TAXPAYER FUNERAL! IF PRIVATE ENTITIES AND/OR INDIVIDUALS WANT TO DONATE, THAT'S FINE OTHERWISE, THE COST SHOULD BE THE SOLE BURDEN OF THE JACKSON FAMILY.

Posted at 2:52PM on Jul 5th 2009 by SYLVI212
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I'm sure MJ and the Jackson family have paid more taxes in a year than most have paid over a lifetime.

1913 days ago
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Advil    

Dont come...thats like saying bees cant go near honey....Its going to happen...case and point....when he was rushed to the hospital there were just hundreds of people congregating on the streets immediately after his death. I just want it to be a respectful memorial for the FANS.

1913 days ago
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nikkis mom    

Why should the LAPD have to pay for this. Michael Jackson is loved by many but....California is BROKE. Why should the Jackson family put this cost on the people of California. THIS IS WRONG. We are living in a world right now where there are so many people without jobs ...over half of our states are broke....cannot pay for police protection....our government is basically owned by China and the Jackson family....buries a man who is over 400 million in debt in a $25,000.00 "dipped in 14k gold " coffin and has a funeral expecting the state of California to fund for manpower. HOW UTTERLY SELFISH and number 6 cannot watch it on TV - plans to add to the mayhem.
THISA IS SICK and to think that I liked Michael Jackson but I am intelligent enough to have GROWN UP:

1913 days ago
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GTLT    

Cremate the guy, spread his ashes over Neverland, Gary, IN or divide them up and spread some here and there and everywhere. Be done with it.

If they don't stop showing the same "special programing" on TV over and over and over I'm going to puke. We get it, he's been singing and dancing all his life. His dad was an ogre. His brothers made fun of him. He had body issues. He was a plastic surgery freak , he took too many drugs. Nobody said no to him. It made him into the freak that he was. Is that about it?

1913 days ago
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