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Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's records on the Investigation of the Homicide of Ruben Salazar

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Records on the Investigation of the Homicide of Ruben Salazar contain documents maintained by the Sheriff’s Department for more than forty years pertaining to preparations for, and responses to, the National Chicano Moratorium march and rally, among the largest anti-Vietnam War protests in Los Angeles, held on August, 29, 1970, in East Los Angeles. Also documented is the tragic aftermath--the ensuing riot, significant damages, complaints about the forced clearing of the rally in Laguna Park by Sheriff’s deputies, and three deaths, including that of the highly respected Los Angeles Times columnist and KMEX-TV’s news director Ruben Salazar. He and a colleague, one of the witnesses, were covering the Moratorium march, but took refuge from the chaos at the Silver Dollar Café. Salazar was killed instantly when he was struck by a tear gas projectile fired into the café by Deputy Thomas Wilson. A major portion of the collection contains the investigation into Salazar’s untimely and still controversial death. Two other less extensive investigations cover the death of a teenage member of the Brown Berets, apparently from an explosion during the riot, and a deputy-involved shooting of a man who allegedly drove his vehicle directly at deputies. Although most of the documents are in English, some items are in Spanish.

1970-1974, 1998, 2011, 2012 (bulk 1970 to 1971)

8.6 Linear feet
8 boxes


Homicide investigation--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources
Riots--California--East Los Angeles--Archival resources
Tear gas--Archival resources
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements--California--East Los Angeles--Archival resources

Interviews (Sound recordings)
Legal documents
Logs (records)
Negatives (photographic)
Press releases
Printed ephemera

Personal Name(s):
Diaz, Angel G. -- Archives
Munoz, Rosalio, 1946- -- Archives
Pitchess, Peter J., 1912-1999 -- Archives
Salazar, Ruben, 1928-1970 -- Archives
Salazar, Sally
Villanueva, Danny -- Archives
Ward, Lynn -- Archives
Wilson, Thomas H., Deputy -- Archives
Younger, Evelle J. -- Archives

Corporate Name(s):
Congress of Mexican American Unity. -- Archives
Los Angeles County (Calif.). Office of Coroner. -- Archives
Los Angeles County (Calif.). Office of Independent Review. -- Archives
Los Angeles County (Calif.). Sheriff’s Department. -- Archives
National Chicano Moratorium. East Los Angeles. 1970. -- Archives
Silver Dollar Cafe (East Los Angeles, Calif.). -- Archives

Geographic Name(s):
East Los Angeles (Calif.)--History--Archival resources
Laguna Park (East Los Angeles, Calif.)--Archival resources
Los Angeles County (Calif.)--History--20th century--Archival resources
Los Angeles County (Calif.)--Politics and government--Archival resources

Conditions governing access:
Advance notice required for access.

Preferred citation:
[Box/folder# or item name], Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Records on the Investigation of the Homicide of Ruben Salazar, Collection no. 0548, Boeckmann Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

Record date:
2014 January

Contact Information:
USC Libraries Special Collections
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189