A Time to Remember Ruben Salazar

A ceremony to recall the legacy of the award-winning journalist, August 29

By Sal Valdez
Published on LatinoLA: July 25, 2014

A Time to Remember Ruben Salazar

This year is the 44th anniversary of the death of award-winning journalist Ruben Salazar; a former LA Times reporter and Chanel 34 news editor who was killed by a deputy sheriff while covering the 1970 Chicano Moratorium against the Viet Nam war in East LA.

A plaque explaining his legacy will be unveiled at a ceremony at Ruben Salazar County Park.

Funded with the help of LACounty Supervisor Gloria Molina. the event will take place on August 29, 2014 at 10 am.

Ruben wrote extensively about the Latino community, a community largely ignored by the mainstream press. He wrote about police abuse towards Latinos which drew the ire of then Sheriff Peter J. Pichess. He was covering the moratorium when he was instantly killed by a tear gas projectile fired by a sheriff.

Even though a county park was renamed in his honor there has been nothing at the park to explain who Ruben was or why a county park is named for him, until now.

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