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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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ricky    

is his body going to be present at the memorial?? anyone know?

1851 days ago
32.

brooklynlady    

Okaaaay, so what's the purpose of the mega screens on the outside of the area? Or was that to a rumor?

1851 days ago
33.

bury the pedophile    

It should be worth the additional cost just to see the jacko whackos riot. if I win the ticket lottery for pedopalluza 2009, I will sell to the highest jacko bidder and donate the proceeds to LAPD to help defray the cost.

1851 days ago
34.

Michael Jackson    

I will be watching the televised MJ memorial circus. With all his fans there, it will look like someone opened up a giant can of mixed nuts.

1851 days ago
35.

brooklynlady    

******arena*****

1851 days ago
36.

Dee    

Ricky,

no it won't be at the memorial. I read that online somewhere last night.

1851 days ago
37.

ricky    

then why will people be going to go?
there's no point in going if his body wont be present and no one will see it...

1851 days ago
38.

My two cents    

With all of LAPD in this 2 square mile area...who is going to be watching over the rest of Los Angeles? I hope everyone else is watching over their businesses with guns. The thieves will be coming out in spades with no cops around.

1851 days ago
39.

I Will Take Being Born White Any Day - Thats Worth Much More To Me, #6    

@McDonnell: You might as well tell a starving pit bull not to grab a steak off a picnic table.

1851 days ago
40.

PEPSI Generation    

DIS co DUCKMAN `ill bee there

1851 days ago
41.

rainydays    

It's not about the body, you sensationalist! Man, it's about mourning, showing respect in the public, it's about loyalty, support, and it's as near as it gets. It's not about his body at all. Plus, it is not even clear yet if it will be there or not.

1851 days ago
42.

Treed    

It's my understanding that he (Michael Jackson's body) will not be at the memorial service for those who are wondering about that. On the flip side, what a perfect time for the family to have a quiet burial for their son, surrounded by those who should be there... It is perfect, the whole world would be be tuned into the TV, many fans would be in two buildings, many others are expected to be attempting to get in, Others attemtping to fly here from around the globe, Sounds to me like a perfect time to have the actual funeral service.

heck why don't they just broadcast it on the huge screens, and presume that fans will be respectful!! As for the Media, I hope this is what they decided to do!!

1851 days ago
43.

Dr. Lex    

I agree with boxergirl.

1851 days ago
44.

SYLVI212    

HEY, MARGE, LOOKS LIKE MOST OF US DON'T AGREE WITH YOU. THE FACT THAT THEY PAY TAXES DOESN'T MEAN EVERYONE ELSE SHOULD PAY FOR THEM WHEN THEY DIE. I PAY TAXES TOO, I'M SURE YOU DO AS WELL. PAYING "MORE TAXES THAN MOST PEOPLE" IS IRREVELANT. BY THE WAY, THE REASON THEY HAVE "PAID MORE TAXES THAN MOST PEOPLE" IS BECAUSE PEOPLE LIKE US BUY THEIR RECORDS AND MAKE THEM RICH.

1851 days ago
45.

hamilTonyan    

Anyone ever notice Michael Jackson and Mike Tyson almost sound alike.

1851 days ago
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