Armed Man Arrested at Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Event, Secret Service Protection Denied, US


Updated: 2:31 PM, Sat September 16, 2023

Armed Man Arrested at Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Event, Secret Service Protection Denied

An armed man was apprehended by the police at an event attended by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., as the Democratic presidential candidate continues to face obstacles in receiving Secret Service protection. The incident took place in Los Angeles and involved a man wearing a shirt with EMS on the back. Photos captured the moment when the man was held in handcuffs by police officers outside the venue.

The event, which was held to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, took place at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. The Los Angeles Police Department received a call reporting a man with a badge, a gun, and a shoulder holster claiming to be a U.S. Marshal in front of the venue.

According to a spokesperson for Mr. Kennedy Jr., the incident occurred before he arrived at the event. The man allegedly claimed to be employed by the event, but security staff did not recognize him. The LAPD provided a written note to a campaign representative stating that the man, who had a handgun and ammunition exposed, wasn’t associated with the event staff.

Details about potential charges are currently unavailable until the suspect is officially booked. The FBI may become involved in the investigation, which is being handled by the LAPD.

Expressing his gratitude for the swift action taken to ensure his safety, Mr. Kennedy Jr. thanked the event’s security team and the police. He commended the vigilance of Gavin de Becker and Associates (GDBA) security personnel for promptly identifying and detaining the armed man until the LAPD took over.

This incident highlights Mr. Kennedy Jr.’s unsuccessful requests for Secret Service protection since declaring his candidacy in April. Previously, in July, he disclosed that his request for Secret Service protection had been denied by the White House. The U.S. Secret Service offers protection to presidential candidates starting 120 days prior to the general election, making Mr. Kennedy Jr. ineligible until July 2024.

After the assassination of his father, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, in 1968 during his presidential campaign in Los Angeles, the U.S. Secret Service expanded its protection coverage to include presidential and vice-presidential candidates. Mr. Kennedy Jr. has urged the Biden Administration to reinstate his Secret Service protection, particularly following the assassination of Ecuador’s presidential candidate, Fernando Villavicencio.

In conclusion, the arrest of an armed man at Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s event raises concerns about his safety. Despite his efforts to obtain Secret Service protection, he has faced continued denial. The incident underscores the need for enhanced security measures, as Mr. Kennedy Jr. remains hopeful that President Biden will grant him Secret Service protection in the future.

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Sophia Anderson
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