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RFK's son slams LAPD for displaying clothing his father wore when assassinated

A son of Robert F. Kennedy is criticizing the Los Angeles Police Department for displaying items in a homicide exhibit in Las Vegas that included the dress shirt worn by the senator when he was assassinated in 1968.

"I am the son of Robert F. Kennedy, who was murdered in Los Angeles more than 40 years ago. As the child of a crime victim, I am guaranteed by the state Constitution that my family and I will be treated with respect and dignity," Maxwell Taylor Kennedy wrote in an opinion piece for the L.A. Times.  "Yet I was horrified to learn earlier this week that the Los Angeles Police Department had included the shirt, tie and jacket my father was wearing when he was assassinated in an exhibition at the California Homicide Investigators Assn. conference in Las Vegas."

The shirt was among a number of items in the display at the conference, which is being hosted by the LAPD.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck removed the items Tuesday and issued an apology to the Kennedy family.

"The last thing we want to do is traumatize a victim's family, and I am very sensitive to that," Beck told The Times. "But at the same time, we want to preserve the history of the city of Los Angeles and improve the quality and understanding about our homicide investigations."

Maxwell Kennedy said he was glad the items were removed. "I'm pleased he did so. But he should also remember that such items are personal property, entrusted to the state's care, not to be exploited," he wrote.

-- Shelby Grad

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For something like that families should be asked permission. The budget is in a mess, and no one is taking a pay cut at LAPD. Why are they spending money like this? Our services are being cut, and our taxes are being raised. Beck sure is the Pint Size Mayor's boy.

RFK was a public figure, and his assassination was 42 years ago.

I do not see what the problem is.

Seems that the law is above itself all the time !!!!
Nothing new but still sad and disgusting that people have agendas that directly affect others in such a personal manner.
The best part is that we are supposed to trust them to protect and serve.
Who is being protected and whois being served?????

Maxwell Taylor Kennedy was three when his father died. I doubt he even has any memories of his father, considering during the first three years of Max's life, RFK was a US Senator and then running for President. The clothing couldn't have been *that* traumatic for him.

This is obnoxious. If you're offended, call the department and ask them not to use the stuff. Writing an op-ed in the newspaper? Obnoxious. It's a piece of history and part of an exhibit for specialists in a given profession. I'm sure the Times submits its coverage of tragedies to get journalism awards just as politicians show up at tragedies to demonstrate their leadership. Calling the department is classy. Crying in the newspaper--particularly after the department honored your request--is childish.

"....we want to preserve the history of the city of Los Angeles and improve the quality and understanding about our homicide investigations."

Pray tell how displaying said artifacts at a Vegas convention, improves the quality OR understanding about (sic) homicide investigations?


Thank you Mr. Kennedy...
for exercising your Constitutional Rights
and reminding us all ...
the Constitution Works !

Why did the LAPD agree to remove the Kennedy artifacts while refusing to remove artifacts of the Tate family when they complained?

Political favoritism is alive and well. I'm glad to see the huge, massive lay offs in government for this reason alone. The government caters to its own before it worries about the concerns of the taxpayers.

The exhibit was free, tastefully done and simply outstanding! Very informative. It should be available for all to see.

Not bad at all considering the explicit photos available all over the internet.
Was this a ploy by the Kennedy's to simple get some media attention? Any of them running for office soon?

Is this RFK's son some idiot or what? After 43 years I don't see the point. He should be in peace, like all of us, with this long time ago history.


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