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Does independent report put Ruben Salazar conspiracy theories to rest?

February 20, 2011 | 10:30 am

The killing of journalist Ruben Salazar has became a seminal moment in the Mexican American civil-rights movement.

Talk back LANow, the first independent report of the incident concludes that Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies committed a series of tactical blunders that led to the 1970 slaying, but there is no evidence they intentionally targeted the newsman.

The report by the Office of Independent Review is the first outside examination of thousands of pages of Sheriff's Department records in the killing. In the end, the report concluded, the journalist simply may have been in the "wrong place at the wrong time" as buildings burned and deputies clashed with protesters on Whittier Boulevard after rioting exploded during a massive anti-Vietnam War rally.

Read Los Angeles Times staff writer Robert Lopez's full story on the report: "No evidence Ruben Salazar was targeted in killing, report says."  Also, check Times programmer Ben Welsh's package of videos, photos, documents and old Times stories at The Ruben Salazar Files: A Times Special Report.

What do you think of the findings? Does it put the controvery over his death to rest?

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The Salazar Files

Full coverage of the case.