A man has been accused of entering a campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. with a loaded weapon on Friday. in Los Angeles and posing as federal enforcement.
Los Angeles police said in a statement Saturday that they were called to the campaign event Friday afternoon for a report of a man who “had a loaded handgun in a shoulder holster and a badge identifying him as a U.S. Marshall.” The FBI was also on the scene.
LAPD has identified the man as 44-year-old Adrian Paul Aispuro, who police say has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon.
Jail records show Aispuro was being held Saturday in lieu of $35,000 bail. Public records did not indicate whether Aispuro had an attorney.
Kennedy said in a Facebook post that his private security detail had spotted Aispuro, adding that he “still hopes President Biden will grant me Secret Service protection.”
The Secret Service has said the decision on whether to grant protection to a presidential candidate is made by the secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with congressional leaders. It is only awarded within one year of Election Day, except in “extraordinary” circumstances, “based on a threat assessment and other factors.”
Kennedy’s father was assassinated in Los Angeles in 1968 while campaigning on the night of the Democratic presidential primaries in California.
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