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Michael Jackson's body will be taken to Staples Center

LAPD Chief William J. Bratton said today Michael Jackson's body will be at Staples Center for the memorial service. It was unclear how his body would get from Forest Lawn Memorial Park and Mortuary to Staples.

Bratton also said today the department will move quickly to release officers from memorial-related duties if things go smoothly. A large part of that will depend on the size of the crowds.

"We really don't know what the size of the crowd will be," Bratton said.

Planners prepared for the possibility of up to 1 million people, especially if the memorial was held at a large outdoor venue like the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. But a smaller, more restricted space like Staples, which will have limited access, could discourage crowds.

Still, the cost of policing the event, which will have the largest police deployment since the 1984 Olympics, could reach several million dollars. Bratton said he would like to reduce those costs as much as possible and one way was with a quick demobilization.

"This is not Monopoly money. These are real dollars," said Asst. Chief Earl Paysinger. "We evaluate the activity at the scene and try to make a smart decision as to whether or not we should keep officers on duty. We will begin to release them as the situation requires."

-- Andrew Blankstein

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People who have won tickets are selling them online. Its wrong that people would be so disrespectful and unwilling to pay tribute to Michael Jackson. Here is a video http://pfx.me/yq

i thank every one should be allowed to take part ibn the michael jackson thang every one should be there all his true fans not juss some nd i thank la sucks for not letting his real fans comein there

Cost of policing $7M?? Why not send an invoice to the Jackson family, afterall they wanted this private function.

The family will be making enough $$$ off there dead son, why should the good people of LA have to pick up the bills for holding the event.

To Michael and family
I am a 74 year old lady who had 5 children who grew up with Michael and his music. I feel like he is my son and I mourn him deeply. He will always live through his music whuch we have collected over the years and the lessons of love he left behind. God bless you Michael and family. I guess God wanted you home with him.

L.A. raxpayers should not pay for this. Let the Jackson family and his entertainment buddies pay for police services. This is a scandal. Every member of the City Council and the Mayor should be recalled and every Police Commissioner fired if one dime of taxpayer money is used for this travesty.

As crazy as the outpouring of grief for MIchael Jackson appears, it is relatively small compared to the funeral procession that followed the death of silent film star Rudolph Valentino in the early 1920s. L.A.'s population was far smaller, yet several hundred thousand people showed up, lining the streets. Barely a year later, Los Angeles was the scene of another huge funeral, this time for World War I hero Sam Dreban, called by Gen. Pershing as the finest soldier I've ever known."

I know the family has agreed to allow his body at the Staples Center, but there's just something so painful about that to me. Maybe its because his death is just so sad.

Feelings are still so raw over his death. The shock and sadness just won't leave. In my dreams this isn't real and then I wake up to the sad reality. He was such a gentle soul that I wish I could have known.

He had such a loving heart for people and just as Princess Diana was the "People's Princess" Michael Jackson was the "People's Prince"

Its hard to come to terms that he's gone forever. The King of Pop broke my heart.

My heart goes out to Michael's family. I can't imagine the pain they're feeling right now.

His beautiful spirit will be missed forever.

Wow, the costs for all of those LAPD officers. Hopefully AEG and other executives do the right thing and pick up the tab because the economic times are not getting any better then a couple of weeks ago when the Lakers had their parade and acting Mayor Jan Perry cannot justify by saying that it was in the budget.

After Michael publicity spoke about the physical abuse he and the boys suffered at the hands of their father, how come Joe Jackson was never idicted for child abuse?

What a circus this has turned out to be? With people losing their jobs the Jackson family flaunts extravagances like having 7 black rolls royces and many SUV's at this funernal. They are arrogant enough to use up our law enforcement agenices like LAPd, LA Fired and CHP but fail to pay the bill that these services will cost. The fact that the fwys were closed for them is outrageous!!!! Its to bad the media is NOT reporting what is being posted on many blogs at the craziness this has cause our city. I'm glad it will soon be over.

You all are so stupid! Who cares... he made millions, if not billions, selling records to you and what did he do for anyone but himself?

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What happened to free speech?

Why isn't the LA Times digging deeper into how much this event is taxing the city? Seven million for a memorial service!!?? I'm nostalgic for Michael Jackson's music as much as anybody, but in the current economy, shouldn't journalists be posing some tougher questions to the Jackson family and AEG as to who shoot be footing this colossal bill?

It think it is awful for the taxpayers to pay for this. The Jackson family should pay the bill. There are many people out of work so many looking for jobs. I will be glad when all of this is over. When the Toxicology reports come back I wouldn't be surprised to learn that he was a drug addict and over dosed. He was a great talent and he did change the way we watch music videos. He was rumored to like little boys, I don't know about all of that. He will be remembered forever, either good or bad.

MJ! King of POP!

People all over the world LOVE YOU.

Even when you are dead you command attention.

And, your public viewing will be held at the center that they named after an office supply company.



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