Ruben Salazar clashed repeatedly with the LAPD, records show
Today is the 40th anniversary of the slaying of former Times columnist and KMEX-TV news director Ruben Salazar. The newsman was killed by an L.A. County sheriff's deputy who fired a tear gas missile after the National Chicano Moratorium Against the Vietnam War exploded into rioting in East Los Angeles on Aug. 29, 1970.
Salazar, who was taking a break from the action at the Silver Dollar bar, died instantly after he was struck by the torpedo-shaped projectile. Through his death, Salazar became an iconic figure. Parks, schools, scholarships and a U.S. Postal Service stamp bear his name. But questions and controversy surround his killing, which has left an open wound that has yet to heal.
In the months before his death, Salazar had clashed repeatedly with the Los Angeles Police Department, LAPD records show. Click on the following link to read the Times story on Salazar and the LAPD.
--Robert J. Lopez