A concerning event occurred outside of a Los Angeles campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. An armed guy who was allegedly impersonating an FBI officer was apprehended by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and put into custody.
According to a statement released by the LAPD, they received a disturbing call on Friday afternoon about a man outside a theater where Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was supposed to give a speech. The man was carrying a loaded pistol, wearing a holster, and had a badge from the U.S. Marshals Service.
Kennedy’s campaign team said in a statement that the suspicious person—who had been impersonating a member of Kennedy’s security detail—was quickly surrounded by their security officers. It is said that the man demanded to be brought to the candidate personally.
In a comforting turn of events, the suspect was apprehended by the LAPD quite quickly. Interestingly, the FBI was also on the site, guaranteeing a coordinated reaction to this potentially dangerous circumstance.
Fortunately, there were no reported injuries from this concerning incident.
In the campaign statement, it was stated, “The man claimed to be part of Kennedy’s security team.” He allegedly demanded to be taken right away to the candidate by escort.
The fact that the person was charged with carrying a concealed weapon after being apprehended for impersonating a federal officer highlights the gravity of his acts.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. responded to the incident by thanking the LAPD for their prompt and efficient reaction. Notably, Kennedy’s campaign disclosed that he had previously had his requests for Secret Service protection turned down. He does, however, plan to reapply for this protection later this month.
Political candidates and their campaigns may encounter dangers and security issues, as this unnerving incident offers as a clear reminder. The incident also emphasizes how important law enforcement organizations are to preserving public events’ safety and security, particularly when well-known people are involved.