For 40 years, the slaying of former Times columnist and KMEX-TV news director Ruben Salazar has been clouded by questions, controversy and suspicion. Key questions in the case were never answered, including whether a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy followed department policy when he fired a tear-gas missile that killed Salazar after a riot erupted at a massive anti-Vietnam War protest in East Los Angeles.
On Tuesday, Feb. 22, the county Office of Independent Review released a report on Salazar’s slaying. A draft version available here reports that Los Angeles Sheriff's deputies committed a series of tactical blunders that led to the 1970 slaying of former Times columnist, but argues there is no evidence deputies intentionally targeted the newsman or had him under surveillance.
From his early days as a cub reporter in El Paso to his final months writing columns and directing television coverage in Los Angeles, Salazar caught the attention of federal and local law enforcement authorities. The records below were obtained by The Times over the years from Freedom of Information Act and California Public Records Act requests and sources.
— Robert J. Lopez and Ben Welsh (Feb. 22, 2011)
Video: Questions cloud Salazar's slaying
Map: Ruben Salazar's final moments
Death at the Silver Dollar
Clashes with the LAPD
El Paso to L.A.: A newsman under surveillance
Sources: Associated Press, ESRI, Los Angeles Times photographic archive, Raul Ruiz, TeleAtlas, UCLA Library
Credits: Robert J. Lopez, Mark Hafer, Thomas Suh Lauder, Garrett Therolf, Ben Welsh