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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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46.

Chico    

This whole thing has turned into a circus. The Jackson family, I'm sure, wanted to do want MJ wanted, which was to please his fans. But they should have had a private funeral, and then had a memorial later when everything died down. I live in California, but I'm sure glad it's not southern California. This is going to turn into pandemonium...the exact opposite of what MJ would have wanted. If I was a member of the Jackson family, I would be far, far away from the scene. Jackson lovers versus haterz....OMG what a mess.

1935 days ago
47.

Paige    

SCREW Jamie Foxx, he is an absolute fool. Boycott him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have some respect people and boycott this racist.

1935 days ago
48.

hamilTonyan    

Does anyone live in the area, are people showing up yet pitching a tent? Not he dirty " pitching a tent."

1935 days ago
49.

Cali MJ Fan    

To all, including those LA residents who are saying that LA shouldn't foot the bill. Ummmm, Michael Jackson paid his taxes to the state, in astronomical amounts larger than you yourself do. He has paid his dues-- he is dead. LA and CA should foot the bill! Besides, the taxes paid by the fans who are coming from out of the area will be paying taxes on food, drink, hotel, gas, etc. That will MORE than cover the PD's costs for making a fuss over blocking off the streets. They should have just stepped up and said ALL ARE WELCOME.

MJ Fans: Respect the law officers' guidance when you arrive. Don't riot. You are there to mourn. Make MJ proud and give him the biggest send off the world has ever seen and make it 100% incident free! No arrests. No tickets. Show the world his love is in each of us--peacefully.

1935 days ago
50.

ricky    

yeah but i mean it would be nice to at least see him one last time dont chu think?

1935 days ago
51.

Chico    

I usually like Jamie Foxx, but his comment about "sharing" MJ with the world was not cool. Does he actually think MJ would have espoused to this line of thinking? Black people did not "share" him with the world, MJ shared himself with the world. Boycott Foxx? No. A stupid comment at an all black event? Yes.

1935 days ago
52.

Maria    

Are you sure that you americans live in a free country?

1935 days ago
53.

cat    

Curioius - did anyone get a response to "winning" a ticket to the MJ Memorial? Where can I find out what the looks like if you win?

Thanks for the help..

1935 days ago
54.

Oh My Goodness    


I'm still going without a ticket and so are many others I know! We will be there just for King Michael. We don't care what anyone else has to say. This is for a man we loved all our life. Nobody can stop us from coming.

1935 days ago
55.

Cali MJ Fan    

I totally agree with you SMS about Jamie Foxx's comment at BET Awards. Maybe chalk it up to his admission that he had been drinking prior to the awards show. (shrug). Many blacks will (and had) admit that they themselves walked away from Jackson when he started getting "whiter" so to make the claim they 'shared him' is false. Michael, yes, shared himself with the world and broke racial barriers.

I believe he would want to see attendance records broken for his service, something truly cementing his place in history as the King of Pop... and make sure Guiness Book of Records is there (as he is claimed to have said about his concerts in London). But he would also want everyone to be completely orderly -- even maybe a visual of everyone dressed in black (or white or red). Somewhere I saw an article that was titled something to the affect of "Will Michael Jackson make the world stop for a day?"

I say-- this is the time to see if he can.

1935 days ago
56.

Ashlee    

Cmon..
Its even an issue. I believe people will behave, civilized and respect each other.

1935 days ago
57.

Oh My Goodness    

Bloody right we are coming. By hundreds, thousands, millions and maybe billions .

1935 days ago
58.

Roro    

Are you folks really sure that it's MJ who is being buried? There were reports of several look-alikes associated with the show. What if they offed a double so that MJ could escape from his multi-million dollar debt? He does have a demonstrable history of using people and then discarding them.

1935 days ago
59.

cat    

Anyway - if anyone has gotten a confirmed ticket ... did they find it in the spam folder or what ?? Details appreciated! Thanks

1935 days ago
60.

Maria    

59 shame on you

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