Special Report: Gunman Arrested at RFK Event in L.A. (with Lisa Pease and Jim DiEugenio)
A gunman posing as a federal agent was arrested Friday at the Wilshire Theatre in Los Angeles before #RFKJr arrived to give a planned speech.
The unidentified man told arresting officers that he had been hired by the venue as private security for the event.
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s department and the #Kennedy24 campaign confirmed the arrest and that the man had a gun and ammunition on him.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. posted the following statement on social media, along with a close-up photo of the alleged gunman's face.
"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 wrote.
"The man, wearing 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 identified himself as a member of my security detail.
Armed GDBA team members moved quickly to isolate and detain the man until LAPD arrived to make the arrest. I’m also grateful to LAPD for its rapid response.
I’m still entertaining a hope that President Biden will allow me Secret Service protection. I am the first presidential candidate in history to whom the White House has denied a request for protection.
Mr. Kennedy’s speech went on as planned Friday night after the armed man was taken away.
The alleged gunman was arrested before Kennedy arrived at the venue.
Ironically the Wilshire Theatre is not far from the former location of the Ambassador Hotel, where #RFK was fatally shot in 1968.
The Los Angeles Police Department told local affiliate NBC4 that the man in question did not point the weapon at anyone but was arrested on a gun charge and for impersonating a U.S. marshal. The incident happened around 4:30 p.m., the LAPD said.
The LAPD said it, not the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will handle the case.
Remarkably the local ABC news affiliate did not find a potential assassination attempt on a presidential candidate named Kennedy in Los Angeles newsworthy. They devoted an entirety of 15 seconds to the story on the nightly news.
We at Maverick News DO find this story to be very important, and will give it the coverage it deserves (unlike the national mainstream media, which is not covering it at all).
Tonight Rick Walker and I will talk about it in-depth on the Strange Bedfellows podcast, and bring you the latest updates. This is still a developing story.
We will be joined by a panel of eminent Kennedy assassination historians: Lisa Pease, author of "A Lie Too Big To Fail" about the RFK assassination, and Jim DiEugenio, author of several books about the #JFK assassination and screenwriter for Oliver Stone's new documentary, "JFK Revisited."
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