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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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liz    



People stepped forward and gave LOTS of big monetary donations to the Lakers celebration, didn't cost the taxpayers

So far, NONE of MJ's fans or big buck friends have donated anything to defray city costs, even they have asked for

donations

1898 days ago
272.

Paris    

OK WTF i am going to Michaels Jackson's funeral no matter what anyone says HE IS MY LEGEND... I HAVE MET HIM

1897 days ago
273.

kade    

The May Day Melee cost Los Angeles 13 million dollars and tarnished the reputation of the LAPD, no way a bit of OT compares to what could happen if a bunch of trouble makers show up. Remember the Lakers' victory, when a crowd looted and burned a store, destroyed a police car, and attacked a bus full of passengers?

This is going to be one heck of a riot. Hope the Jacksons enjoy the chaos they're gonna cause. They might want something on the scale of Princess Di, but this is LA. The crowds will go crazy, the police will be in riot gear, stores will be looted. That's how it is in LA.

1897 days ago
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Sofia    

I went to LA for the supposed memrial and precession. LA is making a whole lot of money off tourism. i know we spent alot!! RIP michael!! When will the media quit being so mean to him? The family should have found a way for all to attend a event!! The media lied about the services. We flew out to LA based on a story last week for several days that Jackson's funeral would be Thurs and Friday.

1897 days ago
275.

Sofia    

TMZ pleaze be nice today!! Michael deserves some respect. he was railroaded by lies all his life. Abandoned by the African American community. The middle east accepted michael more than his supposed country. He was ran out of here and came back only to be killed. So TMZ have a little respect for a loved dead man. We will miss you michael....We still love you!!

1897 days ago
276.

Jack Blade    

Was he trying to look like Diana Ross, LaToya or a white tranny? Why if he was "proud to be black" did he want "blond haired, blue eyed children"? If he was not a pedophile then straight up, money or no money how in the hell does a pre-teen boy know what his penis looked like and described it accurately? If they were just sleeping with him innocently then there is no way in hell they should be seeing his penis? A dead pedophile who was addicted to drugs which finally got him! The doctors are not to blame here either he made the choice to take the drugs and obtain them even against advice!

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