L.A. County Sheriff Reconsiders Releasing Records on ‘Times’ Columnist

By: The Associated Press

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is reconsidering his refusal to provide files of a former newspaper columnist who was killed by a deputy’s tear gas round in 1970.

On Monday, Baca refused a Los Angeles Times request to turn over the records of Ruben Salazar, saying it would set a bad precedent and that the department lacked resources to review eight boxes of files.

But on Tuesday, the sheriff said he’ll direct his staff to determine which records might be released.

Salazar, a former Times columnist and KMEX-TV news director, died during an anti-Vietnam War rally in east Los Angeles that turned violent. He was in a bar when a deputy fired a tear gas missile inside, hitting him.

His family later settled a lawsuit against the county for $700,000.

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