Ruben Salazar documentary raises questions about journalist's death

Ruben Salazar documentary raises questions about journalist's death
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A new documentary about Mexican-American journalist Ruben Salazar begins airing on PBS Tuesday.

Ruben Salazar, a reporter at the Los Angeles Times, was killed during a National Chicano Moratorium March against the Vietnam War in 1970.

A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy fired a tear gas canister into a bar where Salazar was seated. He was struck in the head and killed at the age of 42.

Salazar had told friends that he was being followed by police and he was worried about retaliation. But an investigation found no evidence Salazar was targeted at the time.

Many journalists and Chicano activists believe that Salazar was murdered. The documentary explores what happened.

Salazar was the most prominent Latino journalist of his time. He had interviewed Cesar Chavez, Robert F. Kennedy and President Eisenhower. He also covered the Chicano community in Los Angeles.

The documentary, "Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle," was directed by Phillip Rodriguez.

 

 

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