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Can records shed light on Ruben Salazar's death?

August 13, 2010 |  2:01 pm


The death of L.A. Times journalist Ruben Salazar has long been the subject of some debate.

Salazar was killed in 1970 by a sheriff's deputy who fired a tear-gas missile into a bar where the newsman had taken a break while covering a riot after an anti- Vietnam war rally in East Los Angeles. A number of questions were never answered about the killing, which left an open wound that has yet to heal.

The Times filed a California Public Records Act request with the Sheriff's Department in March seeking the documents, which could shed light on the newsman's slaying. At the time of his death, Salazar was investigating allegations of police brutality and misconduct in the Eastside's Mexican American community and believed he was being shadowed by law enforcement authorities.

Sheriff Lee Baca initially denied the document request, but he reversed his decision Tuesday and said he was ordering his staff to review the files to determine whether any documents should be released. The county Board of Supervisors, responding to a Times' report about the denial, ordered county attorneys to prepare a report by next week to determine if the documents can be released.

In the video above, The Times Robert J. Lopez outlines the case. Should the records be unsealed? Share your views below.