You may remember the spectacle that was Whitney Houston’s funeral. You may also remember me criticizing it, and the idiocy – specifically Chris Christie’s decision to order the flags at half mast – that followed. But you know, Whitney’s fans demanded it … and now they have to pay the
Some taxpayers say as much as they loved the pop star they’re not happy about footing the high security costs. It was a farewell to a beloved star that touched the hearts of many, but it also cost the city of Newark more than $187,000 in police overtime.
“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. Ruffin said Houston’s family should have paid for the officers.
Nearly 200 police officers were stationed at the New Baptist Church, the funeral home and a family gathering at the Newark Club afterwards. In Westfield, where Houston was laid to rest, $9,000 in police overtime was spent, a necessary cost to make sure no one got hurt.
Mr. Ruffin has a point; Houston’s family should’ve covered the costs. They didn’t, and that’s a testament to their feelings about the people of Newark as a whole.