Records Show Salazar Repeatedly Clashed with Police

By Andrew Gauthier Comment

Los Angeles Times

Ruben Salazar Ruben Salazar sat at a long table across from a stern-faced Los Angeles Police Chief Ed Davis, decked out in his dress blue uniform and flanked by two top aides.

A Times columnist and news director for KMEX-TV, Salazar and his boss had been summoned to LAPD headquarters about a March 1970 meeting the newsman reported involving the chief and Latino journalists. Davis was angry and accused Salazar of fabricating information, recalled Joe Rank, the KMEX vice president at the time, who attended the meeting.

“I want you to retract what you said about me,” Rank recalled Davis saying.

“I’m not going to do it,” Salazar responded. More…