Witness to History: Sirhan Sirhan and the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy
On June 5, the National Law Enforcement Museum’s fourth Witness to History event commemorated the 44th anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. Attendees were taken back to that night at Los Angeles’ Ambassador Hotel in 1968 as they listened to the panel of speakers:
Sponsored by Target® and held at the Hotel Monaco in Washington, D.C.’s Penn Quarter neighborhood, the event offered historical context, a riveting eye-witness account of that tumultuous night, and a modern outlook on presidential candidate protection as each speaker brought a unique perspective to a discussion that transfixed the audience.
Arturo Placencia was one of the first LAPD officers that responded to the scene after shots were fired. He described the frenzied mood and throngs of panic-stricken people rushing around, yelling, and obstructing his path as he and his partner, Travis White, arrested Sirhan. “I was a 21-year old rookie cop, only three weeks out of the academy when we got the call,” Placencia said. Placencia noted that due to the crowds and confusion, he did not know who had been shot when he took Sirhan Sirhan into custody.