1970 August 29

Chicano Leader Ruben Salazar Shot and Killed at Protest Rally


Los Angeles Times journalist Ruben Salazar was shot and killed on this day by Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department deputies at a National Chicano Moratorium Against the Vietnam War protest rally. The Moratorium rally was broken up by LASD deputies who used tear gas, and Salazar was shot and killed in the resulting chaos. In 1971 Salazar was posthumously awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.  No one was ever prosecuted for the killing, and his death remains an important symbol of discrimination against Latinos in Southern California.

Watch a documentary on Salazar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziQ93k9n9qE

Read his writings: Ruben Salazar and Mario T. Garcia, Border Correspondent: Selected Writings, 1955–1970 (1995)

Learn more at a timeline of Chicano history, 1962–1974: http://chicanomoratorium.org/html/history_timeline.html

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