I was watching CNN yesterday and saw a good deal of James Brown's funeral. I was appalled at security. There was a hearse, limo, and a white carriage and horses (!) and there were throngs of people in the street surrounding the vehicles, screaming and pushing to get a better look. I was scared to death someone was going to get mowed down or trampled.
Now we all know that James Brown's music transcended the color line, something that wasn't always easy to do in his day, and that he was immensely popular with quite a few people as well as being a respected singer (personal habits being respectfully omitted, as he has passed). So wouldn't you think that there would be barricades up and more police protection so that people wouldn't be hurt? There were throngs at the Apollo, and in the street and I saw very few officers (though I was looking at tv and there is a distinct possibility that there were more police around and they just weren't visible....nor were they killing themselves on crowd control.