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Suprimicion De Libertad
Maker: Los Cinco
Date Made: 1974
Place Made: United States: California, Los Angeles
Measurements: 66.1 cm x 51 cm; 26 in x 20 1/16 in
Main Subject: Chicano/Latino
Materials: paper (fiber product)
"Late in the afternoon, Ruben Salazar and two coworkers from Kemex-TV had stopped at the Silver Dollar Bar for a beer. They had been covering the moratorium. Soon afterward, deputies surrounded the bar, allegedly looking for a man with a rifle. When occupants of the Silver Dollar attempted to leave the establishment police force them back into the premises. Police claimed that they then broadcast warnings for all the occupants to come out; witnesses testified that no warning was heard. The suspect with the gun had been apprehended elsewhere and since released, but the officers continued their activities at the Silver Dollar. They shot a ten-inch tear-gas projectile into the bar. The missile could pierce one inch plywood at 100 yards. It struck Salazar in the head. Another shot filled the bar with gas. The customers made their way out of the establishment. Ruben Salazar exposed the inconsistencies of the police reports. Law enforcement officials called on Salazar and ordered him to tone down his television coverage. They alleged that he was inflaming the people. Salazar responded that he was merely reporting the facts. However, the police prelisted that the Chicano community was not ready for this kind of analysis. The police authorities left, telling Salazar that they would get him if he continued his coverage. Salazar did not stop and the time of his death was, in fact, working on a series of articles on the enforcement agencies in the Los Angeles area, entitled "What Progress in Thirty Years of Police Community Relations?" Rodolfo Acuña Suprimicion De Libertad Series IX/20 Los Cinco 1974
Acquisition Number: 2016-128
Los Cinco were students of Corita Kent at Immaculate Heart College. Their name was inspired by Los Four, a Chicano Art Collective founded in Los Angeles in the 1970s.
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