Report Due Out On 1970 Killing Of Los Angeles Journalist

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(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials are set to release a report into how the Los Angeles sheriff’s department investigated the death of a journalist who was killed when he was struck by a tear gas missile 41 years ago.

The Office of Independent Review, which oversees the sheriff’s department, is scheduled to release the report Tuesday.

Ruben Salazar was a prominent Latino journalist working for KMEX-TV. He was in a bar during an anti-Vietnam War rally when a deputy fired a missile, killing him at age 42.

Because Salazar had reported on allegations of abuse in the Latino community, some claimed his killing was deliberate.

A draft report obtained by the Los Angeles Times said deputies made tactical blunders leading up to the killing, and the department’s stonewalling afterward fueled skepticism.

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