LAPD Investigating Alleged Battery by Congressman

April 11, 2000

Monday, April 10, 2000

Los Angeles – Robbery-Homicide Division is conducting an investigation of an alleged battery committed by Congressman Patrick Kennedy.

Victim Della Patton, a security agent at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), alleged that on March 26, 2000, at approximately 11:35 p.m., she was battered by Congressman Kennedy at a pre-board security check point in Terminal 7.

Victim Patton and a witness to the incident have been interviewed by Robbery-Homicide Division detectives. Airport security cameras captured video of the incident. An examination of the videotape revealed that there appears to have been physical contact between Congressman Kennedy and Ms. Patton while at the security check point.

Ms. Patton complained of pain to her left shoulder as the result of the incident.

The investigation is continuing.

For further information please contact Media Relations Section at 213-485-3586.

For Release 9:00 am PST
April 11, 2000