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Controversy Over LAPD's Homicide Exhibit Continues

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This June 5, 1968 file photo shows Sen. Robert F. Kennedy speaking at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, following his victory in the previous day's California primary election. A moment later he turned into a hotel kitchen corridor and was critically wounded.
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This week is the California Homicide Investigators Association (CHIA) conference in Las Vegas, an event and organization created in 1968 when homicide detectives from Los Angeles and San Francisco met over dinner to discuss the Zodiac Killer investigation. Today, it's the largest organization of homicide and death investigation professionals in the country.

Each year, a different law enforcement agency hosts the event and it was LAPD's turn this year. While maybe we should be questioning why the LAPD decided to spend money in Vegas rather than bringing tourism dollars to their namesake city, another controversy continues to brew.

As part of the conference, the LAPD created a multimedia exhibit for investigators and the public called “Behind the Scenes: The LAPD Homicide Experience." It displays evidence from well-known murders to better educate the public on the difficulties of solving complicated cases. Included in the exhibit was the tie, white shirt and black jacket Robert F. Kennedy was wearing when he was assassinated in 1968 in Los Angeles.