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Documentary Examines Suspicious 1970 Death Of LA Times Journalist Ruben Salazar

"Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle" airs on PBS stations April 29

Evening Edition

Aired 3/20/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Phillip Rodriguez, filmmaker, "Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle"


In the 1960s, journalist Ruben Salazar was writing about being Latino in America — things that no one else would dare say out loud. And some people think that's why he lost his life.

Salazar was a Los Angeles Times reporter at a time when the Chicano political movement was getting underway. He was killed in 1970 during a police action during an anti-war demonstration in L.A.

A new documentary explores Salazar's work, his growing empathy with the Chicano movement and the mysteries surrounding his death.

"Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle" airs will be part of the San Diego Latino Film Festival this weekend.


Ruben Salazar: Man In The Middle

Trailer for the documentary "Ruben Salazar: Man In The Middle."

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | March 20, 2014 at 3:52 p.m. ― 2 years, 11 months ago

This was an interesting interview, it has peaked my interest in this story. LA was obviously a totally different place back then.

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xwagner | April 23, 2014 at 8:14 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

I understood that it was clear that the LAPD had murdered Salazar with a tear gas canister fired at his head. Am I mistaken?

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