Ruben Salazar was a pioneering journalist and columnist at the Los Angeles Times and a news director for Spanish-language KMEX TV. His hard-hitting pieces exposed police brutality, examined race relations and explained the triumphs, shortcomings and aspirations of L.A.'s growing Mexican American community. He was killed by an L.A. County Deputy Sheriff while covering an anti-Vietnam protest in East Los Angeles. Just 42, Salazar was hit in the hit by a tear-gas missile as he sat inside a bar. To this day, many believe that his death was no accident. The Sheriff's Department said it did nothing wrong. In 2008, the U.S. Postal Service unveiled a stamp honoring Salazar.

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