After scathing criticism from the son of slain Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, police in Los Angeles, California, have apologized for including the clothes the senator was wearing when killed in an exhibit of high-profile homicide cases.
The clothing — a shirt, tie and jacket, with what appears to be bloodstains on the shirt — was removed from the exhibit, “Behind-The-Scenes: The LAPD Homicide Experience,” at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In a statement issued last month, the Los Angeles Police Department had billed the exhibit, running Tuesday through Thursday at the California Homicide Investigators Association’s 2010 conference, as “a glimpse into some of the most notable homicides and critical incidents that occurred in Los Angeles over the past 100 years.”
“It’s about the history of Los Angeles, as told through the eyes of homicide investigators of the Los Angeles Police Department,” Police Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday on CNN’s “Larry King Live.”
“This is an opportunity for homicide investigators from all over the country to get together, to share ideas, to share best practices and to talk about some of the most famous cases in Los Angeles history, as well as their current cases.”
But in an opinion piece in Wednesday’s Los Angeles Times newspaper, Maxwell Taylor Kennedy, son of the late senator, called the display of his father’s clothing “a cheap bid for attention.”
“The chief of police and the district attorney took my father’s blood-soaked clothing and displayed it, as part of a macabre publicity stunt,” he wrote. “It is almost incomprehensible to imagine what circumstances would have led to a decision to transport these items across state lines to be gawked at by gamblers and tourists. It is demeaning to my family, but just as important, it is demeaning to the trust that citizens place in their law enforcement officers.”
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