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National Law Enforcement Museum and TargetĀ® to Host 'Witness to History: Sirhan Sirhan and the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy'

May 30, 2012

Washington, DC — On the night of June 5, 1968, presidential candidate Robert Kennedy was making his way through the crowded Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on his way to the ballroom to declare victory in the California Democratic primary when he was assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan.

To commemorate the 44th anniversary of Robert Kennedy’s death, the National Law Enforcement Museum will team up with Target® to present the next event in the Witness to History speaker’s series, Sirhan Sirhan and the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. The panel will feature both retired Los Angeles (CA) Police Officer, Arthur Placencia, who arrested Sirhan Sirhan, and award-winning author and journalist, Evan Thomas, who wrote Robert Kennedy: His Life. Placencia and Thomas will discuss this tragic event and its effect on the nation’s history, including the extension of Secret Service protection to presidential candidates.

Panelists: Arthur Placencia, (Ret.)
Police Officer
Los Angeles (CA) Police Department

Evan Thomas
Author & Journalist
Robert Kennedy: His Life (2000)
What: National Law Enforcement Museum Speaker's Series
Witness to History: Sirhan Sirhan and the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy
When: Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 6 – 8 pm
Reception begins at 6:00 pm
Program begins at 6:30 pm
Where: Hotel Monaco – Athens Ballroom
700 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Public access to this exclusive event is limited to space available and responses will be confirmed on a first come, first served basis.

NOTE: All Media representatives planning to cover this event are asked to register in advance by contacting Steve Groeninger at or 202-737-7135. Please provide your name and affiliation.

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About the National Law Enforcement Museum
Authorized by Congress in the year 2000, the 55,000 square foot National Law Enforcement Museum will be a mostly underground museum located adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC’s Judiciary Square. The Museum will tell the story of American law enforcement through high-tech, interactive exhibits, collections, research and education. Museum construction has commenced with a projected opening in late 2015. The Museum is an initiative of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a private non-profit [501(c)(3)] organization established in 1984, dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America’s law enforcement officers and to promoting officer safety. For more information about the National Law Enforcement Museum, visit

Steve Groeninger | 202.737.7135