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LAPD says overtime for Michael Jackson memorial cost $1 million

July 8, 2009 | 12:55 pm

The Los Angeles Police Department said today it spent about $1 million on overtime for officers and civilian personnel handling the Michael Jackson memorial.

The number is lower than the estimated $2.5 million the LAPD expected to pay for the event. The crowds were much smaller than anticipated, and the LAPD was able to release about 1,000 officers of the 3,200-officer deployment early.

It's still unclear what  the total costs for the city will be, including traffic control and street services. It's also unclear whether the sum includes LAPD crowd control at the Jackson family compound and Forest Lawn cemetery.

Newly elected Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich told the City Council he was investigating how the city ended up on the hook for police costs surrounding the memorial.

He assured the council that his new management team was going to find out how the city got into the position of providing support for the event and how it could recoup some of the money. His staff also is  researching legislation “so we won’t be caught in this lurch again,” he said.

The city set up a website to ask for public donations to cover the city's costs for the funeral. Mayor's spokesman Matt Szabo said there have been computer problems and officials have not yet determined how much money people have donated.

-- Andrew Blankstein and Cara Mia DiMassa


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