OUTRAGE: Newark Residents Hit With $187,000 Police OT Bill For Whitney Houston Funeral

Locals Say Considering How They Were Treated, The Cost Is Hardly Justified

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Whitney Houston’s funeral is costing the city of Newark tens of thousands of dollars in police overtime.

And some taxpayers say as much as they loved the pop star they’re not happy about footing the high security costs, reports CBS 2’s Christine Sloan.

Houston’s family brought her back to Newark, where thousands of people lined the streets to get a glimpse of the hearse carrying her body. Fans even tried to get close to the church where her private funeral was held.

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, representing 5 percent of the $4 million budget for the year.

“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.

“If they wanted it to go that far, do that much, they should have been the ones providing for it,” Ruffin said.

Others said what makes them more angry is the public wasn’t allowed anywhere near the funeral that attracted big stars.

“I think it was a waste of time and then now we find out what happened and how she actually died, it makes you think twice saying was it worth it or not,” resident Minerva DelValle said.

Nearly 200 police officers were stationed at the New Baptist Church, the funeral home and a family gathering at the Newark Club afterwards. One city official said that the overtime cost was necessary because of public safety.

“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.”

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, officials said.

The Newark Police Department released the overtime figures to CBS 2. Mayor Cory Booker and the police director were unavailable for comment on Friday.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below …

  • mike

    You people and your “celebrities”! LOL!!!! LOL!!!

  • TButters

    Newark NJ….if they had to give the world an enema this is where they would stick the hose!!!

  • bob litfin

    What is the problem…Democraps love to spend…just pay the bill and raise taxes

  • Steve in Texas

    The public was not invited, in fact, they were excluded…..
    Send the bill to the family

  • A Yap

    Get it from that movie Sparkle that is capitalizing on her death

  • jnoll

    I’m just glad she didn’t live in my city!

  • malice420dotcom

    They probably had 10 million dollars worth of drug busts at the funeral if they cared to do their job..

  • Fedup

    What about the bill for the coming EPA Super Fund cleanup because of ground water contaminated with crack?

  • Mr. Wee Wee

    Mr. Wee Wee sez “yOu gO girl” and STAND FIRM behind Barack!

  • Duchess Shameke

    That’s why all bills should be paid before this ever happens.
    In the bible it states,Be thou also ready,morning,noon or night,every second,minute,hour.This world is not meant for anyone to be here forever.You must pace yourself and be ready.You”ll leave here the same way you came in..

  • SerfCityHereWeCome

    Well there goes the city’s next 250 years of revenue…

  • Jim

    As much as I support the police and firemen I think it’s time to stop these large funerals with hundred of police cars or numerous amount of fire equipment escorting these funerals.Are the taxpayers paying for all these personnel to attend these funerals or are they attending gratis?

  • LarryG

    Ha! Ha! Funeral for a junkie. Hardy har!

  • Jim

    Maybe it’s time to stop these high profile funerals unless the estates pay the bill not the taxpayers.

  • hockey

    Let the family of the dead doper pay for it, or attach a lein on her estate.

  • theJackal

    W. Houston was a crack w-h-o-r-e extordinare… She was a junkie POS that deserved to be cremated and flushed down a truck stop c-r-a-p-p-e-r. Her estate should have to pay for her stinking corpse disposal.

  • tax_revolt

    Send the bill to the Whitney Houston Estate. If there isn’t one, send it to her daughter. That is what would happen if this were the bill for an everyday John Q Public. Why should Her family be treated any differently?

  • usa is bankrupt

    dont worry the govt will borrow from china to pay for it

  • Diego

    There is at least one like you on every comment section of every story. Some d*ck head trying to start an argument over race when nothing about race was mentioned. Unless you are drawing a parallel about EBT cards and race, in which case YOU would be the racist. F*^&ing tool.

    • Larry A.

      Diego for the win!

  • CB

    and why should the residents have to pay the bill for a drug addicts funeral?

  • george

    If the public had to suffer inconvenience when Beyoncé popped her kid in the hospital, why not a round of getting royally shafted in honor of Whitney Houston? Fame has its privileges, after all.

  • EatCrow

    The only person who mentioned race was humble9.

  • A fellow Dem

    how is it racist, it’s the sad truth unfortunatly.

  • dryden01

    They may have to cancel the annual Newark gay pride parade because they are running out of money for the police?

  • Sagesteve

    People like this COST EVERYBODY!! She cost people dearly while she was alive. Even in death? C O $ T!!! Multiply this times millions of people who are like her? And you wonder why we are in the toilet?

  • Jeronimo Dan

    Just an old gal, that cared about no one but the cocaine, she just happen to be lucky enough to have a voice. Nothing here, move along folks…

  • Malcom

    ha ha. You poor iditiots have to pay to bury your idol.

  • Jimmy Jenkins

    Nothing will change for Newark until they stop voting for politically correct Democrats and the entitlement voters who keep electing them and elect a conservative mayor that will stop the entitlement nonsense.

  • Bruno

    Pay up, Chumps.

    • george

      Funny . . . that’s the refrain that goes through my head every time I hear about an Obama vacation, a Michelle vacation, or a GSA Las Vegas bash.

  • Savage

    Well why should THEY pay for it, Whitney was a “star” … 20 years ago before the Crack is whack!!

  • Cleary

    If they had charged for the viewing, there would have been no need for those who had zero interest in this person to pay for any of it. Houston’s estate should pick up the tab.

  • freecheese

    Ho hum. The taxpayers spent MILLIONS of dollars looking for private citizen “John-Jonn” Kennedy’a body. We already knew he was dead, but the U.S.. Navy spent a fortune to recover the wreckage. ALL taxpayer dollars.
    What is this, selective outrage ?

    • susan

      its not” selective outrage.”.the coast guard and the navy are always called in to assist in recovery or rescue operations when any airplane, commercial,private or military is reported missing off the coasts within u s waters..”john johns” aircraft was no exception..besides that, your comparison has absolutely nothing to do with this case and the fact that the money mentioned is local new jersey taxpayers, and not the coast guard or the navy..

  • David

    I don’t see why people should be upset with the Houston’s. This was a private funeral. The family didn’t create the need for police overtime, the people who crashed the funeral uninvited did.

  • SandyfromChesterfield

    How much is it costing to oversee the occupy protestors? I guess that is worth it.

  • donpopione

    Oh now everyone is mad, what did the pepole of Newark thing this was all being done out of the goodness of their hearts. Wake up people these celebrities coul care less abou you. One man said Houston’s family should have paid for the officers. Let me know how that works out for you.

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  • Liberals are cancer

    Sing it, Whit-ne”

    Oh says can yu sees

    Wheres ma nose can-deeee

    What so proudly I waves

    At ma crack dealer Big Dave

    Dont’s yu gimmeee no glare

    ’cause ah puts my drugs down there

    Two lines on da glass

    Eben doe it smells like azz

    O, says does that crack deal-luh

    Hab sum meth I can save?

    Oar da lan’ ub da freeeeeeeee

    Buzz me downnnn, Bigggg Daaaaaveeeee…

    (No jet flyover, just a string of bling-bouncing hearse goin’ thru da ‘hood’)

  • Liberals are cancer

    Oh, MY…..

    You’re being racist.

    Racist! RACIST!

    Newark: nothing a flight of B-52s can’t resolve.

  • Craig

    I’m confused – funerals are customarily planned with payment in advance for police services, newspaper obituaries, parking attendants, etc by the family. Why is this even an issue? Newark City administrators appear to have been asleep at the switch when they learned of pending services and burial in their city.

  • susan

    i am sure its all water under the bridge now, but why doesnt the police department there try to find out who supplied ms houston with the cocaine? they know where she got the prescription pills..i will bet she didnt carry it into the room with her luggage..someone close to her who was in and out of the room had to be the supplier or provider..just a thought since the autopsy was made public…the police department should have spent money on getting a drug dealer off the streets, rather than providing security for someone who is deceased…

  • http://tracesofevil.com lairdkeir

    Houston’s self-administered death by illegal drugs was her final act of contempt towards the community at large and to her own family in particular. That taxpayers have to foot the bill for yet another selfish and and self-absorbed individual shows how far we have fallen as a society.

  • Red in Denver

    I can’t blame the people in NJ for being upset! It doesn’t seem right that the taxpayers would have to foot the bill for security for the funeral of a mega-star. It would be one thing if it was just the cost of a couple of policemen for an hour or two…. But based on the charges, it was evidently a whole lot more than that.

    I understand the sale of her recordings went through the roof in the days and weeks after her death. The estate should bear the burden of the security.

  • bob

    The videos show the long lines at her funeral, its funny since it was the long lines got her there in the first place

    • PoliceStateExposed

      Interesting story on Whitney. I find it odd after reading about the coup and cover up Oprah just happened to interview her family.

      Search Sarah Palin’s Dirty Little Secret and learn what the media can no longer report on, the truth.

      • R. Stuckey


        200 cops for approximately 12 hours of overtime. I’m guess about $24.00 per hour at the overtime rate comes up to about 56,000.

        Request all pay records and see if 186,000 was paid in overtime, as claimed.

        • KPMc

          24 dollars for OT pay??? Try about 60!

  • RR

    Why would anyone want to go see a dead drug addict?

    • george

      For the same reason they wanted to see a living one.

  • iratenate

    a more appropriate sendoff would have been to have her cremated, then let mourners each snort a line of the ash. couple of hundred dollars, tops.

  • wheww

    She really was a smelly azz hegger

  • redruffansore

    It’s expensive to police the low rent unibrow crowd and keep their culture from getting out of hand. Hopefully you can tax yourselves out of existence in Libtardia as a result of your behavior.

  • insanity

    Insane waste of taxpayers money. a police escort and security for a dead junkie………….let her estate pay for it…………

  • tim

    how come barry is not paying for this? o yea that’s right muslims hate women almost as much as they hate jews

  • Super16

    If her fans weren’t a bunch of animals and knew how to conduct themselves as civilized human beings, the expense would not have been necessary. Alas, not to be from this subhuman culture.

    • george

      Definitely not a Tea Party crowd in attendance, I gather.

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