NO major security problems were reported at Michael Jacksonâ€™s public memorial service on Tuesday in Los Angeles, California, according to police.
The only controversy concerned the issue of who ultimately would pay for the cityâ€™s efforts to heighten security as thousands of people from around the world flooded the city to say farewell to the pop icon, who died of unknown causes on June 25.
A budget crisis pushed the city to ask the public for help in paying for security at the memorial. It set up a Web site where fans can donate. The city is hoping to recoup some of the estimated US$2 million to US$4 million it cost to have thousands of police and fire-fighters on hand in case of an emergency. Matt Sabot, spokesman for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, said providing security at the event was the cityâ€™s â€œobligationâ€ and its â€œNo 1 priorityâ€.
But the city does need help, he said. â€œNothing could tarnish this event more than having a public safety disturbance of any kind,â€ he said. â€œWeâ€™re working to make sure that doesnâ€™t happen. And weâ€™re asking Michael Jackson fans to help contribute. Left: Fans cheer after picking up tickets for Michael Jacksonâ€™s memorial in Los Angeles on Monday. â€” Reuters/CNN.