Authored by Mimi Nguyen Ly and Rudy Blalock by technique of The Epoch Instances,
An armed man was arrested by police at an match attended by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., after the Democratic presidential candidate’s unsuccessful requests for Secret Supplier safety since declaring candidacy in April.
Pictures supplied to The Epoch Instances uncover the person, who was carrying a shirt with „EMS” on the serve, being held in handcuffs by cops exterior the match venue in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon. Numerous police autos have been on the scene.
Mr. Kennedy Jr. was on the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, positioned at 4401 West eighth Road, to take care of enjoyable Hispanic Heritage Month. The match was held at 4–8 p.m. PT.
A specific individual is taken into police custody exterior an match the impact Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was scheduled to recount at Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles on Sept. 15, 2023. (Geared up to The Epoch Instances)
The Los Angeles Police Division advised The Epoch Instances it acquired a name at round 4: 30 p.m. reporting that a male was in entrance of the match venue with „a badge on their lapel, a gun, and a shoulder holster, and claimed to be a U.S. Marshal.”
A spokesperson for Mr. Kennedy Jr. confirmed the incident to The Epoch Instances. Mr. Kennedy Jr. had now not arrived on the venue but when the incident occurred.
Per the LAPD, the person reportedly claimed to be employed for the match, nonetheless he wasn’t recognized by the security staff.
Police autos exterior an match attended by Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr, at Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles on Sept. 15, 2023. (Geared up to The Epoch Instances)
A written showcase supplied by an LAPD officer on the scene to a advisor of the promoting and advertising and marketing marketing campaign, and purchased by The Epoch Instances, states:
„Male imp. fed. agent w/ handgun and ammo uncovered … claimed to be employed for match, nonetheless wasn’t recognized by sec.”
The FBI can have over the investigation of the case later, nonetheless further particulars of potential costs are unavailable until the suspect is formally booked, an LAPD spokesperson advised The Epoch Instances Friday night time.
Mr. Kennedy Jr. expressed on Friday night time his gratitude for the instantaneous motion taken by the match’s safety workforce and the police to create positive his safety.
„I’m very grateful that alert and speedily-acting protectors from [security company] Gavin de Becker and Associates (GDBA) seen and detained an armed man who tried to talent me at [the event] tonight,” he wrote on X.
„The precise individual, carrying two shoulder holsters with loaded pistols and spare ammunition magazines was carrying a U.S. Marshal badge on a lanyard and beltclip federal ID. He recognized himself as a member of my safety element.
„Armed GDBA workforce contributors moved rapid to isolate and detain the person until LAPD arrived to create the arrest. I’m additionally grateful to LAPD for its rapid response,” he wrote.
Requests for Safety
In July, Mr. Kennedy Jr. alleged his search recordsdata from for Secret Supplier safety was denied by the White Apartment.
„As a result of the assassination of my father in 1968, candidates for president are supplied Secret Supplier safety,” Mr. Kennedy Jr. wrote on social media platform X, beforehand Twitter.
„However now not me.”
The U.S. Secret Supplier, per its internet house, best gives safety to presidential candidates initiating 120 days before the in model election, which talent Mr. Kennedy Jr. may moreover unbiased now not be eligible for protection until July 2024.
Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. waves to the goal market after handing over a international coverage speech at St. Anselm School in Manchester, N.H., on June 20, 2023. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)
Mr. Kennedy Jr. known as for the Biden Administration to achieve safety as quickly as extra in early August, after one in all Ecuador’s presidential candidates, Fernando Villavicencio—who vowed to battle corruption inside the nation—was assassinated.
Mr. Kennedy Jr.’s father, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was assassinated in 1968 at a resort throughout his presidential promoting and advertising and marketing marketing campaign in Los Angeles. After the assassination, the U.S. Secret Supplier expanded its safety safety to presidential and vice presidential candidates, per its internet house.
After Friday’s incident, Mr. Kennedy Jr. wrote on X that he’s „peaceful fascinating a hope that President Biden will enable me Secret Supplier safety.”
Mr Kennedy went ahead alongside together with his speech on the Hispanic Heritage Match: