The incident took place close to the site where the US presidential candidate’s father was shot in 1968
Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at Wilshire Ebell Theatre, September 15, 2023, Los Angeles, California © Mario Tama / Getty Images
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., whose father was killed on the campaign trail, had a tense moment at a rally in Los Angeles when a heavily armed man posing as a federal law enforcement officer was apprehended by his security guards.
Taking to X (formerly Twitter), Kennedy expressed his gratitude for his private security team .
“I’m very grateful that alert and fast-acting protectors from Gavin de Becker and Associates (GDBA) spotted and detained an armed man who attempted to approach me at my Hispanic Heritage speech at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles tonight” Kennedy said in an X post on Saturday, adding that he hopes the administration of US President Joe Biden will grant his request for Secret Service protection, noting that he is “the first presidential candidate in history to whom the White House has denied a request for protection.”
According to a statement issued by his campaign, the man claimed to be part of Kennedy’s security team and told them that he “needed to be taken to the candidate immediately.” Spotting a gun, the security team removed the man from the area and notified the Los Angeles Police (LAPD).