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

March 3, 2010 |  7:29 pm

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