LAPD apologizes for displaying clothes Robert F. Kennedy wore when assassinated

Robert F. Kennedy was shot after midnight on June 5, 1968 in Los Angeles, California.
Robert F. Kennedy was shot after midnight on June 5, 1968 in Los Angeles, California. Wikimedia Commons

The Los Angeles Police Department is apologizing to the Kennedy family for displaying the clothes Robert F. Kennedy wore when he was assassinated.

Los Angeles police displayed the shirt, tie and jacket Robert F. Kennedy wore on June 5, 1968, the night he was shot at the Ambassador Hotel moments after he declared victory in the California presidential primary.

The police displayed the clothes at a Las Vegas hotel casino as part of an exhibit for a conference of homicide detectives.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says Kennedy family members contacted him with objections and he immediately removed the display.

He says the last thing he wants to do is re- traumatize the family of any homicide victim. The rest of the display remains on view.

It is called 'Behind the Scenes: the LAPD Homicide Experience.'

It aims to give a view from behind the police lines of some of the most notable homicides and deaths in Los Angeles over the past hundred years.

The exhibit includes evidence from the 'black dahlia ' murder case as well as the Charles Manson murders and of Marilyn Monroe's deadly drug overdose.

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