New Jersey taxpayers will have to cover some of the cost of Whitney Houston’s funeral.
The city of Newark, New Jersey, spent more than $187,000 in police overtime, representing five percent of the $4 million budget for the year, reports CBS.
“I think it’s absolutely ridiculous when you have people who are unemployed and homeless, people walking up and down the streets,” Newark resident Quincy Ruffin said. He believes that Whitney’s family should have to pay for the officers, not taxpayers.
“If they wanted it to go that far, do that much, they should have been the ones providing for it,” he said.
CBS reports that nearly 200 police officers were present at the New Baptist Church, the funeral home and a family gathering at the Newark Club afterwards.
“I was able to be witness to the thousands upon thousands of people who were desperate to attend service but held back by barriers and officers of the law,” said Democratic Councilwoman Mildred Crump. “If they had not been there someone may have been trampled, seriously hurt.”
Fans were not allowed near the inner perimeter that had been set up around the church. Many expressed anger over the fact that they were pushed away and moved up the street behind barricades.
“I’m a taxpayer in the city, born and raised in this city. They should stop treating us like animals. We’re taxpayers. We made this lady who she is today,” resident Floyd Bishop told CBS on the day of the funeral.
Now as taxpayers, they have to pay for the policing of Whitney’s funeral.