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The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is refusing to release eight boxes of records that could shed light on the death of Mexican American journalist Ruben Salazar, who was felled by a deputy’s projectile 40 years ago. The records are older than the famous “Watergate tapes,” but the department, through spokesman Steve Whitmore, argued that releasing the records would set a bad legal precedent and that it would take too much manpower to go through all the documents.
The response came after the Los Angeles Times filed a California Public Records Act request identifying the information as belonging to the public. More…