Thursday, July 21, 2011
Chauncey Bailey, Rupert Murdoch, Media, Police and Politicians connected
The charges against media mogul Rupert Murdoch, the UK police and politicians has implications and parallels with the Oakland political establishment, the Chauncey Bailey Project and the Oakland Police Department.
The situation in the United Kingdom reveals the collusion of politicians, the Media and the police. Shall we say they had a symbiotic relationship or was it more sinister and synergistic, for allegedly Mr. Murdoch's newspaper paid the police to help them hack into the phones of murdered persons. And it has been asserted that Murdoch’s American media organizations may have hacked into the phones of 9/11 victims. Politicians served at the behest of Mr. Murdoch's media empire, seeking his support, Murdoch acknowledged that they slipped him into the back door of the Prime Minister’s residence.
The whistle-blowing journalist who worked for Murdoch and was investigating the corruption scandal was found dead 24 hours before Murdoch’s testimony before the Parliament. The Scotland Yard police said the death would not be considered “suspicious”. In 1987, another journalist, Daniel Morgan, was murdered because he, like Chauncey, was about to expose a drug conspiracy linked to police corruption. Shortly before Chauncey was murdered, a group of mothers wanted him to meet with them at an Oakland Church to intervene between them and the police because they said the police were shaking down their sons for money, drugs and jewelry, without arresting them, letting them go free, putting their lives in danger with dope dealers.
As with the British treatment of Murdoch, Oakland politicians sought the blessings of Dr. Yusef Bey, founder of Your Black Muslim Bakery, and father of the now convicted murderer of Chauncey Bailey. Politicians who lined up at Dr. Bey’s door included Barbara Lee, Sandre Swanson, Keith Carson, Don Perata and Jerry Brown.
Derwin Longmire, the officer in charge of the investigation, was the chief mentor of the bakery boys. They were finally convicted of three murders, including Chauncey Bailey. Under his mentorship, the bakery boys imagined themselves as police, purchasing a bus and cars equipped with police lights. They were arrested for impersonating police and kidnapping, after they stopped a woman on the freeway. Most importantly, why didn’t the OPD inform Chauncey that the bakery boys were planning to kill him, since they had informants at the bakery and had them under surveillance for two years with tracking devices and tapped phones.
The Chauncey Bailey Project was formed at the request of Paul Cobb, but when he asked that they pursue the angle of police corruption, they dismissed Cobb’s suggestion, especially the Oakland Tribune which had a longtime embedded reporter at the OPD.
Even though officer Longmire was charge of the crime scene, he refused to interview an eye witness, although he later made a personal visit to the eye witness while he was in jail, with his tape recorder, and tried to convince the witness that he didn't see what he actually saw. Why did he decide to interview the witness and how did he know the man was in jail? And he recorded the interview, something he neglected to do when he put the two murder suspects in a room together, after which one made a confession? As in the London reporter’s death, Longmire, too did not think his behavior was suspicious.
Marvin X is editing an anthology of writings on Chauncey Bailey.
Monday, July 11, 2011
It is interesting to note Longmire blames his department for bumbling the Chauncey Bailey murder investigation, but he was the officer in charge of the crime scene who drove off when Oakland Post Publisher Paul Cobb presented an eye witness at the crime scene. And why would he not have access to tracking devices and phone records on the murder mastermind. What is clear is that Longmire has no intention to be the fall guy for the OPD's pitiful job in the Bailey conspiracy. The OPD had the intelligence to know the murder was going to go down and was scheduled to raid the murder suspect's compound a day before the murder but delayed until the day after, then the Chief lied about it. No matter what, Longmire's hands are as bloody as the Bakery brothers, and his OPD comrades are as well. A murder could have been prevented if only the OPD, including Longmire, had done the right thing, but we know devils are constitutionally unable to do so.
Sgt. Longmire Speaks Out About Bailey Case
Updated: 11:42 pm PDT July 10, 2011
OAKLAND, Calif. -- None of Oakland Police Sgt. Derwin Longmire's dozens of homicide cases have captivated more attention than the one of almost exactly four years ago, when Bay Area journalist Chauncey Bailey was assassinated.
Until just Sunday, the Oakland police command had forbidden Longmire from speaking out about the case or defending himself against charges that he compromised the investigation.
He sat down with KTVU and talked about the case.
Longmire said he was frustrated and hurt by his department.
"The abandonment and betrayal by my police department and those who have the responsibility for looking out and caring for the men and women who work under their supervision and direction," he said
KTVU asked about Longmire about his controversial decision to allow confessed Chauncey Bailey killer Devaughdre Broussard to talk alone and unrecorded with convicted murder mastermind Yusef Bey IV.
Longmire maintained it was the right thing to do.
"I heard many critics and experts indicate that I likely blown the case for that reason,” he said. “This was a tactic I had used before on more than one occasion. That was really what got the ball rolling to ultimately get him to turn state's evidence and testify against Mackey and Bey."
There were also allegations that Longmire had failed to note GPS tracking devices and phone logs that strongly indicated Bey's guilt.
Longmire said those were initiated before the Chauncey Bailey murder and weren’t his cases.
"I didn't feel good about indicating things in my report that I didn't have a solid, concrete base of knowledge on,” he said. "In addition to that, we knew that these cases were going to get paired up and that they would go vertical. All the information would go to the district attorney.”
Meanwhile, Sgt. Longmire has his own charges against the Oakland police command.
The organization declined comment.
Top commanders accused him of interfering with the investigation and tried to fire him. They launched three internal affairs investigations, two of which condemned Longmire but a third inclusive one exonerated him.
The commanders waited at least five months before telling him he was cleared.
During that time, they tried to coax Longmire to promise he would not sue the department in return for bringing him back.
Longmire declined, but was reinstated regardless. He is now pursuing a civil lawsuit against the department and city in both state and federal courts.
“They never would have had the honesty or the forthrightness to tell me,” he said. "I'm talking primarily talking about Deputy Chief Howard Jordan, I mean Assistant Chief Howard Jordan, who knew, who was well aware of the fact that I had not jeopardized this case."
Longmire explained his co-workers behavior by saying sometimes ambition and fear weighs out against protection of its employees.
Sgt. Longmire no longer serves as a homicide detective, but was fully reinstated to his rank and pay and didn’t lose any salary.
KTVU Channel 2 News has made public more than 1,000 pages of legal documents regarding the highly controversial Chauncey Bailey murder investigation.
As KTVU reported, the sworn statements depict the top command staff at the Oakland Police Department – especially Assistant Chief Howard Jordan -- as withholding and ignoring key evidence that eventually exonerated Sgt. Longmire of charges that he compromised the Bailey investigation.
The documents also indicate former Chief Wayne Tucker orchestrated a cover-up among his command staff of a key decision he made that may have accidentally set the stage for the Bailey killing.
Copyright 2011 by KTVU.com. All rights reserved.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Chauncey Bailey Murder Trial Nears End,
Oakland Police Drama Begins
As the Chauncey Bailey Murder trial wraps up, the long suspected Oakland police role in the murder investigation is being uncovered. Oakland Post Newspaper Publisher Paul Cobb and the Black Chauncey Bailey Project organizer Marvin X have long called for an investigation of the OPD's role in the assassination of Oakland Post Editor Chauncey Bailey.
The "white" Chauncey Bailey Project has resisted investigating the alleged police role in the assassination of Chauncey Bailey, focusing singularly on the indictment of the Black Muslim Bakery Brothers as the sole culprits, even though at the outset of the editor's assassination in broad daylight, Post Publisher Paul Cobb told the OPD that Chauncey was not only investigating the activities of YBMB, but more importantly, the alleged activities of corruption by African American members of the OPD.
He informed the DA Tom Orloff of his feelings. Not only did Orloff reject Cobb's assertion, but he resigned shortly after the killing. Police Chief Tucker resigned or retired as well.
Before he resigned, Chief Tucker suggested if Cobb wanted the OPD to pursue police involvement in the assassination of Chauncey, Cobb should get himself a bullet proof vest.
When Paul Cobb suggested the "White" Chauncey Bailey Project should also pursue police involvement, embedded OPD crime writer Harry Harris suggested Cobb was out of his mind. Cobb suggests Harris has been hanging around in the OPD locker room too long.
It is clear that Harry Harris has been embedded with the OPD far beyond any objective usefulness. The same may be true for Oakland Tribune Editor Martin Reynalds who related to Black Chauncey Bailey Project organizer Marvin X that the OPD had fine officers, especially Lt. Longmire, chief investigator of the Bailey killing as well as mentor of the murder suspects who was temporarily relieved of his duties due to conflict of interest. He was in charge of the crime scene and led the raid of the bakery, securing the murder weapon and a confession in less than 24 hours after the murder of Chauncey.
When Marvin X published the conversation he had with Oakland Tribune Editor Reynolds during a lunch meeting, Reynolds threatened to throw a Molotov Cocktail at Marvin X, one of the most prolific writers in America and the world. Marvin wrote eight books last year and is considered the USA's Rumi (Bob Holman), Plato teaching on the streets of Oakland (Ishmael Reed), the father of Muslim American literature (Dr. Mohja Kahf), one of the founders and innovators of the revolutionary school of African writing (Amiri Baraka).
As the murder trial concludes, it appears the OPD drama is just beginning. KTVU television reported last night that a long suspected cover up in the Bailey murder investigation has been uncovered.
Because of his association with those indicted for the murder of Chauncey, there are persons who think Marvin X's assertions are tainted. Marvin X rejects this. After all, Chauncey was his friend as well. One of his last stories was a review of Marvin's book How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy.
the Black Chauncey Bailey Project
OPD Cover-Up Emerges In Bailey Murder Investigation
Posted: 9:10 pm PDT May 18, 2011
Updated: 9:43 am PDT May 19, 2011
OAKLAND, Calif. -- As the eight-week trial of the alleged mastermind of the Chauncey Bailey murder heads to the jury this week, KTVU Channel 2 News has obtained hundreds of pages of legal documents never seen publicly that explain for the first time the inside story of the controversial homicide investigation.
It's a story that KTVU has largely been prevented from telling because of a gag order imposed by the command staff of the Oakland Police Department.
The documents paint a troubling picture of former top commanders at Oakland police misleading the public about several key aspects of the Bailey case.
On December 15, 2008, then-Oakland Police Chief Wayne Tucker called a highly unusual press conference to respond to a story revealing what may have been the single biggest turn in the assassination of Bay Area journalist Chauncey Bailey.
That was the discovery that Tucker had delayed for two days a massive police raid scheduled for August 1st, 2007 on the violent "Your Black Muslim Bakery" so a member of the chief's command staff could extend a camping trip.
But the next day, August 2nd, a self-described "soldier" from the bakery gunned down Bailey in cold blood on a downtown Oakland street. The delayed raid then took place on August 3rd, the day after the murder.
The documents contain charges that Tucker and his command staff held a private meeting just before the press conference, where they agreed to cover-up that decision when they met the news media.
In the sworn statement KTVU has obtained, an Oakland police captain testified he was in that meeting and spoke to the chief about what he regarded as a lie:
Captain Ersie Joyner: "Chief Tucker was adamant that we had only one date set and there was never two dates."
Attorney: "And to your knowledge, did Chief Tucker know that there were two dates, August 1st and then August 3rd?"
Attorney: "Was there anyone else in that meeting with Chief Tucker and Chief Jordan and others who believed that the department had knowledge of the two dates, August 1st and August 3rd?"
Attorney: "After that press conference, did you talk to Chief Tucker about what you perceived to be a dishonest statement?"
San Francisco attorney John Scott, who is bringing a lawsuit against the city of Oakland on behalf of the lead investigator of the Bailey murder, says Tucker’s action goes to the heart of a story never heard before -- until now.
"The department, I believe, had its own sense of guilt or believed it had its own sense of guilt or responsibility for the murder because the department was supposed to execute a warrant on the Black Muslim Bakery on August 1st, the day before the murder." Scott said. "Now, no one is suggesting or implying the department intended to kill Chauncey Bailey."
Scott is representing Oakland police Sgt. Derwin Longmire, who has been under a gag order by the chief's office since the fall of 2007.
Longmire has never spoken to the news media about the Chauncey Bailey case. He also declined to speak to KTVU for this story.
But KTVU Channel 2 News has obtained sworn statements by Longmire and other Oakland police officials, some testifying that Sgt. Longmire has been unjustly painted as the scapegoat for the Bailey homicide investigation.
Tucker's assistant chief, Howard Jordan, launched internal investigations against Longmire because he believed the homicide investigator had become far too close to the Black Muslim Bakery and didn't tell his boss or colleagues what he was doing.
Recorded phone conversations between Longmire and Yusef Bey IV shortly after Bailey's murder indicate they had a close relationship:
"Nobody has the right to say we can't be friends because you know what I mean," Bey can be heard saying in one recorded call.
To which Longmire replied: "You know what, I totally agree. I totally agree. I feel that way wholeheartedly."
The documents KTVU obtained, however, have sworn testimony from Longmire's immediate supervisor saying he had ordered Longmire to take those actions and that the district attorney also knew -- and approved -- of them.
Longmire's lawsuit charges the Oakland police brass with discriminating against him and it uses sworn statements such as this one by Assistant Chief Howard Jordan to attempt to prove he made biased assumptions:
Attorney: "Did you believe that Sgt. Longmire had compromised the investigation because of that relationship with either the Black Muslims or the bakery?"
Attorney: "At the time of the Chauncey Bailey murder, did you believe that Sergeant Longmire was associated with the Black Muslim Bakery?"
However, the documents also include evidence that Longmire was not protecting the Black Muslims, showing that as early as five years before Bailey was shot Sgt. Longmire warned the police command staff that the bakery was a criminal enterprise and needed to be cleaned up.
No serious, sustained action was taken on those repeated warnings until it was too late.
The department moved to fire Longmire in May 2009.
After a series of internal investigations, Longmire was ultimately exonerated.
But even then, the Oakland command staff offered Longmire his job back only if he promised not to sue. He refused, and filed his lawsuit in April 2010.
Although Longmire is still prohibited from discussing the Bailey case, he did talk to KTVU when he filed his lawsuit against the department.
"There was so much media attention that when questions came up they couldn't answer about mistakes early on, for them there was no other way but to let it fall on someone and that someone was me," said Longmire.
Assistant Chief Howard Jordan declined to comment on this story through a letter from an attorney representing the city of Oakland.
A phone call to former chief Wayne Tucker, now a civilian, asking for his perspective on the allegations in these new documents brought this brief response:
"I have nothing to say to your s***** station,” Tucker declared. “Why don't you publish that? You should publish that."
The lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial in February 2012.
Copyright 2011 by KTVU.com. All rights reserved.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
The office of San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi released a video today showing San Francisco Police Department officers physically attacking an apparent bystander after (allegedly) illegally searching the room of a residential hotel resident on Dec. 30, 2010. Adachi's office claims that this video directly "contradicts officers’ sworn statement on several counts and appears to support the resident’s claim officers stole his property." In the police report, officers detained Fernando Santana, 48, in the Jefferson Hotel lobby at 440 Eddy "after claiming to see crack cocaine in his outstretched hand." However, in the video Santana's hands are inside his pants pockets.
This has prompted Adachi to demand "a culture change in our city’s police department."
Officers involved in the controversial Dec. 30 arrest are Ricardo Guerrero, Reynaldo Vargas, Jacob Fegan, Peter Richardson, Robert Sanchez and Kevin Healy. Guerrero was the subject of a 2010 New York Times article, identifying him as one of the highest-paid police officers in San Francisco. Guerrero raked in $223,170 in 2008 while working in the narcotics division.
Video of Dec. 30 arrest below:
According to the PD office, here how the search went down:
0:00 Undercover officer Guerrero in dark clothing enters, crosses lobby. 0:19 Guerrero goes to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floor of hotel 1:54 Officers pass front desk and one briefly flashes a badge 2:22 Client enters lobby and is handcuffed 4:21 Handcuffed client is led to room and officers search room 6:36: Friend of client's stops by room and is choked and searched by police 9:08: Guerrero exits room with client's bag (not listed in police property list) and walks down hall
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Oakland Post Publisher Paul Cobb and author Marvin X at 14th and Broadway, across the street from Academy of da Corner, in front of Rite Aid.
Paul and Marvin grew up together in West Oakland. Paul knows more about Marvin's dad, Owendell Jackmon, a florist, than Marvin. Another brother, Henry Winston, says Mr. Jackmon was his mentor and he holds Marvin's dad in the highest esteem. Mr. Jackmon made his transition at 89 in 1989. He was born in 1900 and particpated in WWI. He was a Race man who was conscious of Marcus Garvey. In Oakland, he was a member of various organizations, including The Men of Tomorrow, Elks, American Legion, et al. Mr. Jackmon was a member of Downs Memorial Methodist Church. Marvin's classic play Flowers for the Trashman deals with the father/son relationship. When the Drama Department at San Franscisco State University produced the play while Marvin was an undergrad, his father attended a performance but wasn't too happy with his son's depiction.
Before moving to Oakland, the Jackmons lived in Fresno. Marvin and his mother, Marian Murrill Jackmon were born in Fowler, nine miles south of Fresno. His parents published the Fresno Voice, possibly the first black newspaper in the Central Valley. They also had a real estate business and sold many blacks their first home after WWII.See Marvin's autobiography, Somethin' Proper, Black Bird Press, 1998.
photo Walter Riley, Esq.
Somethin' Proper: The Life and Times of a North American African Poet
It tells the story of the most important Muslim poet to appear in the United States during the civil rights era....Marvin X (Marvin E. Jackmon) [El Muhajir]. Somethin' Proper: The Life and Times of a North American African Poet. Castro Valley, CA: Black Bird P, 1998. 278 pp. $29.95.
Marvin X's autobiography Somethin' Proper is one of the most significant works to come out of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. It tells the story of perhaps the most important African American Muslim poet to appear in the United States during the Civil Rights era. The book opens with an introduction by scholar Nathan Hare, a key figure in the Black Studies Movement of the period. Marvin X then takes center stage with an exploration of his life's story, juxtaposed with the rapidly changing events and movements of contemporary history: the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Arts Movement, the Black Power Movement, the growth of Islam in America, and especially the influence of Elijah Muhammad's Nation of Islam, and the series of challenges facing black people in recent decades.
Marvin X was born Marvin E. Jackmon in Fowler, California, on May 29, 1944, and grew up in West Fresno and West Oakland, California. His early education was completed in these cities, and he later attended Oakland City College (Merritt) and San Francisco State University, where he was awarded a B.A. and an M.A. in English.
He emerged as an important new poetic voice among California black poets in the late 1960s, and wrote for several of the key Black Arts Movement journals of the period, including the Journal of Black Poetry, Soulbook, Black Dialogue, Black Theatre magazine, Black Scholar, Black World, and Muhammad Speaks.
He was also a key playwright of the era, working with Ed Bullins in organizing the Black Arts West Theatre in San Francisco, 1966, and in founding the Black House, also in San Francisco, with Bullins, Eldridge Cleaver, and Ethna Wyatt, 1967.
He also worked with Bullins at the New Lafayette Theatre in Harlem, 1968. During the last forty years, Marvin X has taught Black Studies, literature, drama, and English at Fresno State University, the University of California, Berkeley and San Diego, the University of Nevada, Reno, San Francisco State University, Mills College, and Merritt and Laney Colleges in Oakland, California.
His very active career is also reflected in a rapid-moving life style. This fact is documented by the author in twenty chapters in Somethin' Proper, followed by an appendix, which captures the life and death of Huey Newton. Marvin X was a busy man during the 1960s and 1970s. He was a Black Muslim, an associate of the key leaders of the Black Panther Party (Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, and Eldridge Cleaver), an anti-Vietnam War protester (he went into exile in Canada, Mexico City and later in Central America, rather than be drafted into the United States Army), and an outspoken critic of American economic, social, and cultural discrimination of African Americans at home, and of Third World peoples abroad.
This theme is reflected in one of his most famous poems of the period, "Burn, Baby Burn" on the 1965 Watts Riot:
Tired, sick and tired.
Tired of being sick and tired.
lost inthe wilderness of white America.
Are the masses asses?
Cool, said the master
To the slave, "No problem,
Don't rob and steal, I'll Be your driving wheel."
And he wheeled us into350 years of BlackMadness--
to hog guts, Conked hair, quo vadis
Bleaching cream, Uncle Thomas,
to WattsTo the streets, to theKillllllllll ........
2 honkeys gone.
Motherfuck the police
And Parker's sister too
Burn, baby, burn*******
Cook outta sight*******
burn .....Baby, burn
Somethin' Proper also reveals Marvin X's family life, marriages, children, and friends, and notes the conflicts which he has experienced across the years with individuals, organizations, and governments. He writes in a style which captures the essence of black language, folklore, and culture in the United States, with an upscale urban beat!
Marvin X notes the high and low points in his own life and that of his associates. Most potent is his analysis of the drug situation in this country, and its relationship to and impact upon the black struggle. He calls for change and reform in this area, stressing the need for continued black struggle to overcome the age-old problems of discrimination, racism, and oppression in America.
Marvin X remains an active writer today. His body of work includes Fly to Allah (1969); Black Man Listen (1969), a key work in Dudley Randall's catalogue at Broadside Press; Woman, Man's Best Friend (1973); and a play, One Day in the Life, most recently produced in 1997 in Brooklyn and Newark, New Jersey.
His most recent books of poetry are Love and War (1995), Land of My Daughters, poems, 2005.He remains a very interesting voice from the Black Arts Movement, continuing to write and to challenge contemporary readers to think and to act, and to assess the past, the present, and the future.
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Marvin appears in the recent literary anthology Black California, Heyday Books, Berkeley, 2011. He was Guest Editor of the Journal of Pan African Studies Poetry Issue, 2011. Marvin is editing an anthology of writings dedicated to the memory of assassinated Oakland Post Editor Chauncey Bailey.
On May 14, Marvin X will receive the Inspired Artist Award at the Paramount Theatre. He is organizer of the Black Chauncey Bailey Project and the First Poet's Church of the Latter Day Egyptian Revisionists.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
OPD officer Longmire
Oakland Post Publisher,
Date: Sat, February 23, 2008
You sent Sgt. Derwin Longmire. And in the presence of Gay, Gene Hazzard, Walter Riley, Atty. and me he said that my suspicions of who I thought had a motive for Bailey's death were off the mark. He then said that he and the police knew that Chauncey was "targeted", "stalked" and the "killer was connected to Your Black Muslim Bakery.
And why would I think that YBM would want to kill Bailey for a story that never appeared in print. ?I told Longmire that I had several answers to his question of “Was Bailey working on anything controversial?” and after I gave Longmire the following list, we commented on why he was not taking notes, especially on the issues involving allegations to the OPD and some of its officers.
1) Bailey had written about the Mayor's (Jerry Brown) destruction of records and was continuing his "Transparency in Government" series into Brown's continued involvement of steering funds to his school and the Fox Theater
2) Allegations of abusive language and behavior by the head of OPOA toward City Personnel which we had reported on and which subsequently led to Bailey’s chilling phone conversation with Valledon just a few days before his death.
3) Allegations that some officers were involved in taking drugs, money and jewelry from some dealers and in some instances selling them back to the dealers. And on this issue you asked me to provide you with their names and to file an official complaint, whereupon I joked and asked you would you provide me with a bulletproof vest.
4) Allegations of inordinate use of credit cards for gasoline for police cars taken home and controls of the Police automobile management. Chauncey had sought information from the OPOA head and he was told that he had told his officers not to cooperate with his questions and to stop looking in to their department. Bailey had gotten some of the information.
5) I also mentioned the YBM Bakery story that never ran. (This was the only thing Longmire wrote down)
6) Chauncey wrote a story from our “Front Street” series about an ex-gang member and drug dealer who had gone straight. This man did not like the way Chauncey wrote the story and came back to the office and gave our staff the “strong impression” that if Chauncey had been at the office something unpleasant would have happened. I talked to this gentleman for more than an hour and reassured him we would remedy his concerns. This was the man that I thought could’ve killed Chauncey, especially since he lived near 15th and Alice and Chauncey was killed at 14th and Alice. So how could Longmire summarily dismiss my theory and immediate say he couldn’t be the killer? And this was on or about 2:00pm on August 2, 200, just 5 hours after Bailey’s death.
And since then there has been reports in the SFChronicle and the Oakland Tribune about Longmire’s longstanding involvements with some of the YBM members, how Jordan could say they got a lead from me when I tried to convince them of a different story. If I had thought that YBM was connected I never would have offered the “other” controversial stories.
Oakland Post Publisher Paul Cobb suggested
the Chauncey Bailey Project and later the
Black Chauncey Bailey Project.
Why the Chauncey Bailey Project and the Black Chauncey Bailey Project?
Oakland Post writer Marvin X
holds award presented to the
Oakland Post by the Chauncey
Bailey Project. Marvin is organizer
of the Black Chauncey Bailey and editor
of the forthcoming anthology on Bailey.
photo Gene Hazzard
At lunch today, Oakland Tribune Editor Martin Reynolds asked Marvin X why the Black Chauncey Bailey Project? After all, the Chauncey Bailey Project is a consortium of journalists from many ethnic and gender groups. So why do you attack the Chauncey Bailey Project so vociferiously? You also attack the Oakland Police for conspiring to kill Chauncey Bailey, and yet you seem to excuse the Bakery boys for the cold blooded murder of Chauncey.
Marvin X replied that the entire matter was very emotional for him, after all, his friends are charged with murdering another friend, thus it is a case of being caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.
And yet, as I sat in the courtroom looking at the defendents, it was clear to me these are children, similar to the children in the serious crimes unit at Alameda Country Juvenile Hall he visited recently; similar to the baby faced killers he addressed at New York's Riker's Island Juvenile Prison.
But the suspects were mentored by a member of the Oakland Police Department, so why wouldn't I also focus on the OPD's possible role in the assassination? There is no doubt Officer Longmire had a profound influence on the young men accused of murdering Chauncey, to the degree they believed they could get away with murder.
Editor Reynolds said he knows Officer Longmire, has met members of his family and thinks he is a fine gentleman. Marvin X wondered to himself whether it was possible the Chauncey Bailey Project was not pursuing the police connection because of its friendship with the OPD.
After all, it was Oakland Post Publisher Paul Cobb who called for the Chauncey Bailey Project after the funeral of his editor. But he said at a meeting with journalists forming the project, they resisted his notion of police involvement, especially OPD embedded writer Harry Harris. Paul Cobb suspects Harris is simply a plant in the CBP representing the OPD. It was at this point Paul distanced himself from the CBP. He is now calling for an accounting of all funds garnered by the CBP, i.e., advertising dollars, grants, fellowships, etc.
He found it ironic that he was presented with a plaque for contributing to the Chauncey Bailey Project. (Marvin X holds the plaque in the above photo by Gene Hazzard) For sure the CBP has been reluctant to pursue the role of police in the murder of Cobb's editor. Although Tribune Editor Renyolds said Chauncey was no Bob Woodward, Marvin X says Chauncey was indeed acting on information that the OPD was shaking down drug dealers, planting false evidence, money laundering and possible homicides under the color of law.
Mothers at Allen Temple Baptist Church called Chauncey to help them intervene with the OPD to stop shaking down their drug dealing children then releasing them, causing them to face the wrath of dope dealers who would not believe their children were relieved of their money, dope and jewelry, then let go.
Martin Reynolds assured Marvin X if presented evidence, the Oakland Tribune would aggressively pursue the lead, but he doesn't have the community contacts it takes to gather the necessary information. He faulted himself for not having a community writer similar to Chauncey Bailey.
Marvin told Martin he would be surprised at the things people tell him at his Academy of da Corner, 14th and Broadway, the crossroads of Oakland. But he questioned the Tribune editor on why the CBP has been hesitant to go down the road to truth Chauncey was on.
Is it lack of evidence, community contacts or simple fear, and yet Chauncey gave his life because of his fearlessness in pursuit of truth. Herein may lie the real and only difference between the Chauncey Bailey Project and the Black Chauncey Bailey Project.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Monkey Mind Media Gets it Right, for Once!
The following article by the Monkey Mind Media's Chauncey Bailey Project correctly focuses on the role of the Oakland Police in the murder of Chauncey Bailey. We congratulate them for this piece of ivestigative journalism. We condemn them for not pursuing this line and thereby forcing the DA to charge the OPD in the murder.
We have been invited to lunch by Oakland Tribune Editor Martin Reynolds. We shall ask him why the Tribune has not pressured the DA to indict Officer Longmire and other OPD officers, including the retired Chief of Police under whose watch the murder occured.
--Marvin X, The Black Chauncey Bailey Project
By Thomas Peele, Bob Butler and Mary Fricker
The Chauncey Bailey Project
25 October 2008
OAKLAND — The lead detective assigned to investigate journalist Chauncey Bailey’s killing ignored evidence linking Yusuf Bey IV, former leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery, to a role in the killing and interfered in two other unrelated felony cases involving Bey IV, according to an investigation by the Chauncey Bailey Project.
The Bailey Project’s reporting has led to a police internal affairs investigation of that detective, Sgt. Derwin Longmire, and whether his relationship with Bey IV may have compromised the case. Law enforcement officials said the investigation of the Bailey killing is in crisis. If Longmire is charged with administrative or criminal wrongdoing, the chances of convicting the one person charged, Devaughndre Broussard, might be jeopardized.
At the same time, if a vigorous investigation of Bailey’s killing is not quickly undertaken, chances of ever charging others and fully solving the most prominent slaying of an American journalist since 1976 could be lost.
Sergeant Derwin Longmire, lead investigator in the Chauncey Bailey murder case. (Nader Khouri/Contra Costa Times)
In a highly unusual move, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has launched its own investigation to determine whether there was a conspiracy to kill Bailey. The district attorney’s probe is independent of the Oakland police and two investigators have been assigned to the work. Usually a case has one investigator. Evidence the Bailey Project obtained during its lengthy investigation includes data from a tracking device hidden on Bey IV’s car that shows it outside Bailey’s apartment seven hours before the Aug. 2, 2007, killing.
Police say Bey IV and Broussard both admitted to being in the vehicle at that time along with a third man who worked at the bakery, Antoine Mackey. The Bailey Project could find no record that Oakland police officials ever analyzed Bey IV’s cell phone data. The Bailey Project, however, obtained and analyzed the records. Through police and court records and online databases, the Project identified the people associated with the numbers that Bey IV called, as well as the people who called Bey IV. Those cell phone records show that Bey IV was on the phone with an acquaintance of Bailey while Bey IV, Mackey and Broussard were outside the residence.
This person was JR Valrey of KPFA's Block Report and SF Bayview Newspaper. We need the trascription of his conversation with the killers while they were parked outside Chauncey's apartment rehearsing the murder plan. How could he be an acquaintance of Bailey yet not warn him killers are at his door? Was he part of the conspiracy? Why then is he talking with the killers?, Marvin X, the Black Chauncey Bailey Project, www.theblackchaunceybaileyproject.blogspot.com)
They also show Bey IV involved in a series of phone calls within minutes of the killing, including one to Mackey, who, like Broussard, is from San Francisco and who has a long juvenile and adult criminal record. Mackey is currently incarcerated on a burglary conviction.
Additionally, the Bailey Project learned that Bey IV has spoken with Longmire repeatedly from Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, where the bakery leader has been held on unrelated charges since his arrest in August, 2007. Seven legal and criminal experts, including a retired superior court judge, a former prosecutor and a former police commissioner, reviewed documents for the Bailey Project and said that Longmire’s investigation raises questions about whether he was protecting Bey IV from charges, ignored involvement of others and instead, pinned all blame on Broussard, now 20, who worked at the bakery as a handyman and who confessed to the killing. He later recanted.
Bey IV, 22, has repeatedly denied involvement in Bailey’s killing. District Attorney Tom Orloff, Oakland police Chief Wayne Tucker, Assistant Chief Howard Jordan, homicide unit commander Lt. Ersie Joyner and Longmire all rejected repeated requests for interviews for this story.
In past interviews, department leaders have defended Longmire’s investigation of the case and complimented his skilled interrogation in getting Broussard to confess. Joyner said Longmire was a fine detective doing excellent work. Jordan said it was unusual but not unethical for a lead investigator on a case to be friends with persons involved in it. “I don’t have any problems with Sgt. Longmire’s relationship with members of the bakery,” Jordan said in a televised interview in February. “I trust his integrity. I trust his credibility.”
But former Santa Clara County Judge LaDoris Cordell said Longmire should have recused himself from the case and that department leaders should have seen the conflict. A detective who is friends with a person suspected in a killing “should have no involvement in the investigation at all,” she said.
The internal affairs probe of Longmire is also looking at a succession of calls made in the past four months. Bey IV calls the mother of his three children who then conferenced in Longmire on three-way calling, according to law enforcement officials familiar with the case. The legal experts who reviewed Longmire’s case notes, recordings of interviews with Broussard and Bey IV, a report on the tracking device and other documents for the Bailey Project said the investigation is severely compromised. “I felt from reading all of this, a sense of a bias, a bias on the part of Sgt. Longmire, in favor of … those involved with the bakery,” said Cordell. “I didn’t feel a sense (of) objectivity that I think has to be there for a competent investigation.”
Longmire’s case notes of the investigation is “suspiciously incomplete,” said Richard Leo, a University of San Francisco law professor and nationally recognized criminal expert. “Is Longmire blind?” Leo said. “Journalists after the fact investigating a murder shouldn’t be discovering big pieces of seemingly inculpatory evidence of knowledge and involvement and participation in that murder (by uncharged people) that police knew about and didn’t thoroughly investigate and thoroughly document.”
Bakery associate Antoine Mackey, arrested in April 2008 for a burglary.
A masked gunman shot Bailey, 57, three times on the morning of Aug. 2, 2007, near 14th and Alice streets as he walked toward his job at the Oakland Post newspaper. At the time of his death, he was working on several stories including one about internal strife within the Bey family and the bakery’s October 2006 filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
In a recorded interview on Aug. 3, 2007, Bey IV told Longmire that Broussard told him he killed Bailey because the journalist was going to “write bad things about the bakery.” Broussard, then 19, subsequently confessed to Longmire, saying he wanted to be “a real strong” Muslim soldier and that he acted alone. Broussard has also implicated himself in a series of jailhouse telephone calls that he made to friends and relatives. He said several times that Bey IV “told on me.” At the same time, he has publicly recanted his confession, saying Bey IV ordered him to admit guilt to protect the bakery.
Others associated with the bakery have said Bey IV’s followers didn’t act independently. A person arrested during an Aug. 3, 2007 raid of the bakery made a phone call from jail that police recorded. “Everybody knows, even the police know, that they don’t do nothing unless (Bey IV) tells them,” that person said to a relative, according to a copy of the recording, which was obtained by the Bailey Project. The person is not being identified out of safety concerns.
The Bailey Project has also learned that police have a statement from another bakery associate who said Bey IV called a meeting the night before the killing. He ordered his followers to pray for strength, said two police officers knowledgeable of the statement. The bakery associate told police that Bey IV, Mackey and Broussard also prayed together separately and complained that they had to wake at 5 a.m. the next day.
After the killing, there was a mood of celebration at the bakery, the associate told police. Officers asked that the person’s name not be revealed, saying disclosure could endanger the person’s life. In recorded jailhouse phone calls with relatives, Broussard has alluded to the involvement of others in the killing. In one recording, Broussard said “Mackey had the sawed-off,” in an apparent reference to the shotgun used to kill Bailey. Two of those relatives — both uncles with long criminal records — repeatedly admonished Broussard not to inform on others, according to the recordings obtained by the Bailey Project.
Bey IV has said he had the shotgun, too. On a secretly recorded police video, disclosed in June by the Bailey Project, Bey IV told two of his other followers that he put the gun used to kill Bailey in his closet after the shooting. On the recording, Bey IV mocked the fatal blast to the journalist’s head and bragged that Longmire was protecting him from charges.
Police recorded that video four days after Bailey’s killing to gather evidence in a case in which Bey IV is accused of leading four followers in the kidnapping and torture of two women. As soon as detectives in that case saw that the video also contained statements about Bailey, they turned over the tape to homicide investigators, according to detectives familiar with the case.
But like the tracking-device report, Longmire never documented the video’s existence in his case notes and never challenged Bey IV about it in two subsequent jailhouse interviews after it was taped. The department’s procedures for felony investigations require that detectives’ case notes reflect “the inclusion of any additional documents or evidence discovered during the investigation, including the location, date and time the item was discovered.”
Ignoring the tracking report, the video and failing to analyze the cell phone records are the biggest indicators that Longmire did not thoroughly investigate the killing, said Cordell, the retired judge. Longmire failed to “put together the pieces (of) what happened,” she said. “The red flag was waving and waving … but either he wasn’t paying attention or decided he didn’t want to see it.”
In his case notes, Longmire reported that police ordered a fingerprint analysis of the shotgun used in the killing. But then he never documented in his case notes receiving it. In nearly two decades on the Santa Clara County bench, Cordell said she has read “thousands and thousands of police reports. It’s rare (to) come across one that is so lacking in follow-up, so lacking in areas that ought to be delved into.” The phone records could be the key to unraveling a conspiracy, said former Boston police Lieutenant Thomas Nolan. But Longmire didn’t document any analysis of Bey IV’s calls around the time of the killing, nor do his case notes show he attempted to subpoena Mackey or Broussard’s phone records. He also didn’t document any analysis of the phone belonging to Bey IV’s girlfriend, which was seized during the raid.
Notes taken from its address book contained names and numbers key to understanding Bey IV’s phone records. The Bailey Project, however, used that information to reconstruct and analyze calls to and from Bey IV’s phone in the crucial hours before and after Bailey’s killing. “Cell phone records are an invaluable source of information about placing people in associations with other people who you know or suspect to be involved,” said Nolan, now a Boston University criminologist. “I mean, this is criminal investigation 101.”
“A true believer”
Longmire has a long history with the bakery. He has been an Oakland police officer for more than 20 years and investigated the 2005 murder of Bey IV’s brother and predecessor as bakery leader, Antar Bey. During that time, the detective got to know Bey IV. Bey IV’s former lawyer, Lorna Brown, said Longmire tried to be an older brother to him. A detective familiar with Longmire described him as a “true believer” in the former bakery’s philosophy of African-American self-reliance. Two other law enforcement members familiar with Longmire agreed with that assessment. Despite that relationship, which was widely known in the department, Longmire’s supervisors, homicide Lt. Ersie Joyner and then Criminal Investigation Division Captain Jeff Loman, let him take the lead in the Bailey case even though the bakery was implicated within 11 hours of the killing.
Joyner, in an April interview, said Longmire’s relationship with bakery members reflected department policy that officers know the community. Joyner pointed to Loman, now a deputy chief, as an example, saying he met people at the bakery when he worked in North Oakland. But the relationship between Longmire and the Bey family seemed to trouble another homicide detective. Homicide Sgt. Lou Cruz, assigned to write one of the search warrants for the Aug. 3, 2007 raid on the bakery, did the work at home to keep Longmire ignorant, said two officers familiar with Cruz’s actions. “Cruz was worried about Longmire,” one of them said.
Cruz did not return a call requesting an interview. In the first of two recorded interviews with Longmire on Aug. 3, 2007, Bey IV described the detective as “always patronizing our bakery,” calling him “a supporter.” Longmire didn’t dispute the characterizations, according to a recording of the conversation.
On a Web site called http://freethebakerybrothers.org/">freethebakerybrothers.org that bakery supporters started this year, Bey IV is quoted as saying he and Longmire, whose picture is posted on the site, “have no special friendship, we respect each other as brothers.”
The evidence not documented in Longmire’s case notes and his relationship with Bey IV shows, “this case is completely screwed up,” said an Oakland detective who asked not to be identified for fear of reprisal. “Everybody’s worried about it.” “Did you go …” Eleven hours after the killing — Longmire was told that a ballistic test found that two spent 12-gauge shells recovered next to Bailey’s body were fired from a shotgun used in a Dec. 6, 2006, of a car belonging to a man who had a dispute with Bey IV. No charges were filed in that shooting, but police suspected Bey IV’s involvement.
At 5 a.m. on Aug. 3, 2007, police raided the bakery to arrest Bey IV and others in the kidnapping case. The operation had been planned for days. As 200 officers swarmed the complex, Broussard threw a shotgun out of a window and was taken into custody. Police determined the shotgun was used to kill Bailey. Less than four hours after the raid, documents show, Longmire learned that a tracking device placed on Bey IV’s car by detectives working the kidnapping case showed it was parked outside Bailey’s apartment just seven hours before the killing. “I informed (Longmire) of all the highlights,” Officer Eric K. Huesman wrote in a report. He told Longmire that the tracking device showed Bey IV’s Dodge Charger left the bakery on San Pablo Avenue at 12:12 a.m. on Aug. 2 and arrived at the 1400 block of 1st Avenue — where Bailey lived — at 12:24 a.m. The car was parked there for about 14 minutes then was driven back to the bakery, the report states. But Longmire never wrote in his case notes that he spoke with Huesman. Nor did he document the existence of the tracking report. The experts who reviewed Longmire’s case notes said the department procedures require that they be included.
Longmire never mentioned the tracking report in two recorded interviews with Bey IV. And Bey IV denied being near Bailey’s apartment. Longmire: “… the area where Mr. Bailey lives, did you go to that area where he lives?” Longmire asked Bey IV. Bey IV: “I didn’t go to that area, no sir.” Rather, Bey IV said he, Broussard and Mackey went to get food that night at a restaurant on Park Boulevard, about a half mile from Bailey’s apartment. The restaurant was closed, Bey IV said, and he said they just returned to the bakery. “You don’t have a case of this magnitude and don’t put (the tracking data) in your (report) and ask (Bey IV) questions about it. This demands further investigation,” said a senior law enforcement official familiar with the case who asked not to be identified because of daily contact with Oakland police.
Later that night, a prosecutor and an investigator from the district attorney’s office interviewed Bey IV, who several more times denied going to Bailey’s apartment, repeating his story about a closed restaurant. The district attorney’s investigators then confronted Bey IV with the tracking data, according to a recording of the interview. Bey IV changed his story, saying he did go to the apartment with Mackey and Broussard, but he said he did so only because Broussard wanted to show him where Bailey lived.
Bey IV said Broussard didn’t say anything about planning a killing. Documents show that Longmire later interviewed Bey IV two more times. But in neither discussion did he ask about the tracking device, according to his brief notes. Selective case notes On Aug. 24, Longmire requested a warrant for Bey IV’s cell phone records. In his affidavit requesting the warrant, Longmire wrote that he thought Bey IV might have called Bailey and tried to lure him to a place where he could be killed. He also wrote that Bey IV was “disingenuous” to say he went to the closed restaurant rather than Bailey’s apartment shortly after midnight on Aug. 2.
Longmire did not mention the tracking device in the affidavit — which confirmed where Bey IV was — or that Bey IV had changed his story when the district attorney’s investigators pressured him and admitted he had gone to the apartment. A judge approved the warrant and sealed it at Longmire’s request. The Sprint phone company turned over the records on Sept. 21, documents show. The records covered the period from July 1 to Aug. 10, 2007, and totaled 4,478 calls to and from Bey IV’s phone. But Longmire didn’t record their receipt in his case notes until a month later, on Oct. 21. Longmire never mentioned the records again in any of his case notes — not even to document that he checked to see whether Bey IV had called Bailey. The records show no such call from Bey IV’s phone. The records show four calls exchanged between Bey IV’s and Longmire’s cell phones on July 17, 2007. There were also three calls from Bey IV’s phone to Longmire’s after Bey IV’s Aug. 3, 2007, arrest in the kidnapping case.
The phone was not seized in the raid and apparently someone else was using it. The records, which the Bailey Project analyzed, list calls that raise questions about Bey IV’s involvement. During the 14 minutes he was outside Bailey’s apartment early Aug. 2, Bey IV received two calls from a person who had known Bailey for more than a decade — JR Valrey, a blogger and activist then reporting for the San Francisco Bay View newspaper, where Bailey sometimes contributed news items. Valrey is also affiliated with New America Media, a sponsor of the Chauncey Bailey Project. The records show that Bey IV called Valrey twice on Aug. 1, and that Valrey called Bey IV twice while Bey IV was parked outside Bailey’s apartment on Aug. 2. The two calls totaled 2 minutes and 18 seconds. Six minutes after leaving Bailey’s apartment, Bey IV called Valrey at 12:43 a.m. That call lasted nearly three minutes, the records show.
Before the series of calls on Aug. 1 and 2, Bey IV’s phone records don’t show any calls between Bey IV and Valrey for the previous month. Valrey refused to discuss the calls with the Bailey Project. “(It’s) none of your business,” he said, and refused to answer other questions. “I don’t have nothing to say to you, man,” he said. “You all are the anti-bakery project.” In Internet postings, Valrey has written that Bey IV had nothing to do with Bailey’s killing. There is no documentation to suggest that police interviewed Valrey.
Longmire should have pored over the records to see who Bey IV was on the phone with while at Bailey’s apartment and immediately followed the lead, said Leo, the University of San Francisco law professor. Former San Francisco prosecutor Jim Hammer, who won murder convictions in the infamous 2001 dog mauling death of lacrosse coach Diane Whipple, agreed. Bey IV’s phone records are “really great stuff, I mean, that’s powerful evidence,” he said. “Phone calls in the early hours of the morning, within hours of a homicide, while someone possibly involved was parked near there … I’d want to know exactly who (Bey IV) talked to, what was said, was this an unusual phone call?”
After leaving Bailey’s apartment, Bey IV, Mackey and Broussard returned to the bakery at 12:49 a.m., according to the tracking report. The phone records show connected calls between Bey IV’s phone and Mackey’s seven times from 12:56 to 3:38 a.m. As dawn approached on Aug. 2, the records show calls between Mackey’s phone and Bey IV’s phone at 5:03 a.m. and 5:22 a.m. Sometime between 5:30 and 6 a.m., a man living at the bakery, Rigoberto Magana, loaned his white minivan with no license plates to Bey IV. Magana told Bey IV that he needed the vehicle back by 7:30 a.m. so he could go to work, according to a statement Magana later gave to investigators from the district attorney’s office.
Bailey was killed about 7:25 a.m. Witnesses said they saw a masked gunman get in the passenger side of a waiting white mini van with no license plates that then sped off. The phone records show that Magana called Bey IV’s phone at 7:25 and 7:28 a.m. At 7:30, Bey IV’s phone called Mackey’s and was connected for 54 seconds, the records show. Bey IV then immediately called Magana back. According to Magana’s statement, he told Longmire that he saw Mackey driving the van that morning. He later changed his story, telling the investigators that what he meant to say was that whenever he loaned Bey IV the van, it was Mackey who drove it, but that he didn’t see Mackey drive it that morning.
Bey IV offered Longmire two differing accounts of how he learned of the shooting. First, he said, he received a phone call from the bakery’s business manager, telling him someone prominent had been killed in Oakland. But the phone records show no such call to Bey IV’s cell phone. But later, he said in a second recorded conversation that Broussard came to him and said he needed to show him something downtown. Bey IV, Broussard and Mackey then drove to the scene in Bey IV’s Dodge Charger. The tracking device report shows Bey’s IV’s car arriving at the murder scene at 8:09 a.m.
During interviews with Longmire, Bey IV said that Broussard admitted the killing to him. Longmire asked Bey IV if he thought Broussard would be honest if Bey IV instructed him to be, according to the recording. Longmire brought Broussard into the interrogation room. By doing so, Longmire “essentially deputized” Bey IV as an agent of the police, rather than treating him as a murder suspect, Leo said. Then, at Broussard’s request, Longmire left Broussard and Bey IV alone for six minutes.
Longmire didn’t record their conversation, which Leo said is a breach of good detective work. “There’s absolutely no investigative rationale for not surreptitiously recording (it). None at all. We’re deprived of a very, very important piece of information in this case. What did Bey IV say to elicit Broussard’s confession? Did he use improper threats and promises? Did he badger and bully him?”
Before leaving Bey IV and Broussard alone, Longmire told Bey IV he had “no ambition to attach you to (Bailey’s) murder,” according to a recording of the conversation. Cordell, the retired judge, said that statement troubled her. “What (Longmire) is saying is ‘I’m not going to look at you, you’re not a suspect’ and for whatever reason and I don’t know the sergeant’s motivation,” she said. “Is he just a lousy investigator?
I don’t think so because you don’t get promoted to sergeant by being a lousy investigator. So the question it raises with me why is (Bey IV) not a suspect?” Jeffrey Snipes, a lawyer and police consultant who chairs the San Francisco State University Criminology Department, said it was clear to him from listening to Longmire’s recorded conversations with Bey IV and Broussard that the detective had but one goal — to charge only Broussard regardless of what the evidence indicated about others.
“Every party involved here had their script established, and everything followed the script,” Snipes said. “And the script was, we’re going to clear this case, and we’re going to clear it by giving up Broussard, and we’re going to get Bey IV out of this (and) we’re going to keep Mackey out of it.”
COMING TOMORROW: Sgt. Derwin Longmire has been accused of interfering in past investigations involving Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV.
Thomas Peele is an investigative reporter for the Bay Area News Group. Bob Butler and Mary Fricker are independent journalists.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Who Killed Chauncey Bailey
The Oakland Community is eager to hear another point of view on the murder/conspiracy of Oakland Post Editor, Chauncey Bailey. People come through Academy of da Corner grabbing copies of Marvin X's pamphlet Who Killed Chauncey Bailey? Naturally, people will say the Bakery Brothers until they are told to read the first sentence in the pamphlet. After reading the sentence some have leaned against the wall of Rite Aid, aghast that the police are implicated in his murder.
A mother bought the pamphlet but did not read it before her son. She said her son couldn't believe what he read and asked his mother a myriad questions on the killing.
Another woman came by to say she knew who killed Chauncey, "We all did because we didn't help that family (the Bey family." The pamphlet says the same, i.e., the community was too traumatised with fear to intervene with the Bey family, so their pathology went from bad to worse. And with police mentoring, they thought they could get away with murder. We wonder what was the nature of the mentoring, although we see the result.
In short, the community is in ignorance about the police involvement in the assassination of Chauncey, partly due to the Monkey Mind Media's Chauncey Bailey Project. From time to time the CBP has alluded to the police connection but failed to do the investigative journalism they honor Chauncey for doing and that cost him his life. Perhaps the journalists are right to be fearful, although we know the only thing to fear is fear itself.
This entire matter got out of hand because people were full of fear, then fear grew into a monster that engulfed an entire community until it devoured one of our brightest sons.
I live in the No Fear Zone, for I stand on the shoulders of men and women who taught us to have none. This community has the example of the Black Panthers who dared to challenge police murder and corruption under the color of law. And I thank them for teaching me to fear nothing and no one, especially the police. I put on the amour of God as I go about my daily round. I fear nothing but fear itself. And I encourage this community to do the same.
A young lady came by the Academy of da Corner but didn't want the pamphlet because her boyfriend was a police officer. I told her she ought to seek truth, no matter what her boyfriend was, but she certainly should seek truth if he is an officer of law for all the above reasons. They are well known for psychopathological behavior in their partner relations as well as with the community.
We are calling upon the police to get on the side of the people rather than against the people, for they ought to see people around the world are standing up without fear of police, armies, jails, dungeons, and firing squards. We saw the people in Egypt put blankets before tanks and go to sleep, not fearing the consequences.
The Oakland police should know this is a community with a similar tradition and once it recovers from collective amnesia, it will challenge the police to either be part of the problem or part of the solution. At this moment, they are the problem in their defense of the ruling class, a group that also suffers amnesia because they no longer think they rule at the consent of the governed.