Armed man accused of impersonating officer detained at Kennedy campaign event in LA

A gunman accused of impersonating a federal agent was arrested outside a Robert F. Kennedy Jr. campaign rally in Los Angeles.

A statement from the Los Angeles Police Department said police received a call Friday afternoon that a man with a loaded gun and a holster and a U.S. Marshals Service badge was outside a theater where the Democratic presidential candidate was speaking should give a speech.

A campaign statement said Kennedy’s security team surrounded the man, who was later taken into custody by the LAPD. The FBI was also on site.

Nobody was injured.

“The man claimed to be part of Kennedy’s security team,” the campaign statement said. He told the candidate’s security team “that he needed to be taken to the candidate immediately.”

The man was taken into custody for carrying a concealed weapon.

In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, Kennedy said he was grateful for the LAPD’s quick response. His campaign said Kennedy’s requests for Secret Service protection had been rejected and that he planned to reapply this month.

Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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