Thursday, July 21, 2011

Oakland Post Opinion on Chauncey Bailey, Rupert Murdoch Connection

Chauncey Bailey, Rupert Murdoch, Media, Police and Politicians connected
by MarvinX

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

Marvin X is editing an anthology of writings on Chauncey Bailey.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Let us cry crocodile tears for Longmire

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.
--Marvin X

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 All rights reserved.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Chauncey Bailey Murder Trial Nears End, Oakland Police Drama Begins

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.

--Marvin X

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?"

Joyner: "Yes."

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?"

Joyner: "Yes."

Attorney: "After that press conference, did you talk to Chief Tucker about what you perceived to be a dishonest statement?"

Joyner. "Yes."

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?"

Jordan: "Yes."

Attorney: "At the time of the Chauncey Bailey murder, did you believe that Sergeant Longmire was associated with the Black Muslim Bakery?"

Jordan: "Yes."

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 All rights reserved.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

SF Police Corruption

Alleged Illegal Search, SF Police Brutality Caught On Video

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

Paul Cobb and Marvin X

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

book review

African American Review, Spring, 2001

by Julius E. Thompson

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 ........

Boommmmm ............

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.

COPYRIGHT 2001 African American Review

COPYRIGHT 2001 Gale Group

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

From the Archives: Oakland Post Publisher to the Chief of Police

OPD officer Longmire

Oakland Post Publisher,

Paul Cobb

Subject: Thank you for your help
Date: Sat, February 23, 2008

Dear Chief Tucker:

I am writing to thank you for providing security up to this time and for being willing to provide additional security and/or alerts in the event of a negative reaction from the upcoming 60 minutes airing of the Chauncey Bailey Assassination story that includes interviews with Deputy Chief Jordan and Devaughndre Broussard.

I also want to thank you giving me permission to disclose your cell number to the media as we try to clarify the statement made by Jordan that I gave the Police the” lead” that it was the Black Muslim Bakery and by saying that he had gotten that information from you via a call from me. I am in the process of notifying the Mayor's office and 60 minutes of this statement that depicts me and the Post in a false light. Jordan's false representation endangers me and my family's safety.

I agree that it would helpful to clarify this matter to the media so that it does not escalate. I will be in touch with you in trying to arrange a media response sometime today (Saturday) or tomorrow. Just as you clarified a previous misstatement by an officer that I was not cooperative while at the NAACP meeting, I hope we can also put to rest this false statement. Because you know that Gay and I called you several times after Bailey's killing and requested an officer to take our statement since Bailey worked for us.

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.

Those were Longmire's words and conclusions, not mine. And that is why Jordan must be corrected. Which shows that I couldn’t have given your department any indication that there was a YBM Bakery connection? Since I had told Longmire that I had suspicions that another man who had come to the office a week earlier to threaten Bailey over a previous story, how could I think it was a YBM connection? That man was not connected to the YBM. And, even though that man lived a block from the killing site, Longmire dismissed my theory and description and proffered his own.

This sequence shows that Jordan's comments were willfully crafted to act as a "cover" and to put me in a dangerous position because of all the investigative issues Bailey was working on that I informed Longmire that day. It is also ridiculous since you and I have talked about how the Police have had the YBM “under watch and surveillance for many months”.

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.

I asked Longmire how he could have known that information so soon? And why was he wasting time talking to us and not going directly to the YBM Bakery? He then said “we are handling that.”

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.

Thank you,

Paul Cobb,

Publisher, Post Newspaper Group

The Chauncey Bailey Project and the Black Chauncey Bailey Project

Martin Reynolds,
Editor, Oakland

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.
--Marvin X


Monday, April 18, 2011

Monkey Mind Media Gets it Right, For Once!

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,

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.”

Conspiracy Ignored

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"> 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.

“Essentially deputized”

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?

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.
--Marvin X

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Malcolm X and Chauncey Bailey, A Comparison of Police Involvement

Chauncey Bailey and Malcolm X, A Comparison

Malcolm X and Oakland Post Editor Chaucey Bailey were both killed by socalled Muslims in conspiracy with the police. Manning Marable's biography will lay bare more evidence of police involvement. Fifty years later there is call for a new trial to consider the New York police role in the murder of Malcolm X.

We wonder will it take fifty years before the citizens of Oakland call for a new trial in the assassination of Chauncey Bailey in broad daylight downtown? But just as Malcolm's killers were acting at the behest of the New York Police, even serving as his body guards, Chauncey's killers were mentored by the Oakland Police, and were under surveillance as well. So how could Chauncey be murdered without their prior knowledge?

And to show the depths of the conspiracy, the Monkey Mind Media only lightly touches on police involvement, after all, Harry Harris, an embedded reporter with the OPD, has long ago outlived his usefulness as an objective voice. He may as well be the chief OPD spokesman. The tragedy is that we cannot separate the Monkey Mind Media from other institutions who defend the political economic structure. They all benefit from the blood of the oppressed, the wretched of the earth. The irony is that they work for the consent of the governed.

The Chauncey Bailey Project, the UC Berkeley School of Journalism and the Robert Maynard Institute has reaped millions spreading half truths and is guilty of the sin of omission by not pursuing the very subject matter that is the main reason Chauncey was assassinated: his investigation of City Hall corruption and police corruption. Why has not the Monkey Mind Media used its arsenal of writers and reporters to go beyond surface level scanning of Chauncey's most serious work, police and political corruption, including murder, drug dealing, money laundering, shake downs and false arrests? Yet they laud him as a valiant journalist, but fear to tread in his footsteps. Are they simply cowards or just sycophants. For sure, Chauncey was in the tradition of Freedom's Journal, the first African newspaper published in 1827. I will never forget the day at the Oakland Post Newspaper office when he recited the founding days of that newspaper so vital to representing the voice of slaves. The Monkey Mind Media is more in harmony with the slave masters of today, especially as we advance to neo-slavery. Ishmael Reed thus calls them the Jim Crow Media.

The result is a community full of ignorance and fear at the very thought of blaming the police and politicians for a murder that is a common occurrence throughout the world and most especially just below our border in Mexico.

If you believe in such, it is just a coincidence the Manning biography of Malcolm was released during the trial of those accused of murdering Chauncey. And just as the New York police have yet to stand trial for their role in the murder/conspiracy, the officers who mentored the Bakery brothers are yet to have their day in court.

There is a plethora of community persons willing to testify about police abuse under the color of law. There was a security guard on duty at McDonald's near the crime scene who recognized Officer Longmire as one of the officers who shook him down when he ued to hustle. Longmire was in charge of the crime scene, yes, the mentor of the suspected killers, yet he refused to talk with an eye witness at the crime scene. He was momentarily removed from duty but returned after the chief of police slipped safely into retirement.

Police from New York to Oakland should be aware there is no hiding place. As we watch people around the world, especially in the Middle East, calling for justice and the end to police corruption and abuse under the color of law, the day shall surely come when police in America will face the wrath of people's justice. They can avoid this rapidly arising day of judgment by confessing their sins and deciding to be on the side of the people's revolution. If not, they shall surely find themselves on trial for crimes against humanity.

--Marvin X, Prime Minister of Poetry, First Poet's Church of the Latter Day Egyptian Revisionists

Friday, April 8, 2011

Chauncey Bailey, Wikipedia Bio

Chauncey Bailey From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Chauncey Bailey Born Chauncey Wendell Bailey, Jr.October 20, 1949(1949-10-20)Oakland, California, USA Died August 2, 2007(2007-08-02) (aged 57)Oakland, California, USA Education Merritt CollegeSan Jose State University The Detroit NewsThe Oakland Tribune Chauncey Wendell Bailey, Jr. (October 20, 1949 – August 2, 2007) was an American journalist, noted for his work primarily on issues of the African-American community. He served as editor-in-chief of The Oakland Post from June 2007 until he was shot dead on August 2, 2007.[1] His 37-year career in journalism included lengthy periods as a reporter at The Detroit News and The Oakland Tribune. Chauncey was born in Oakland, California into a Catholic family who were members of St. Benedict's Catholic Church on 82nd Avenue. He lived in East Oakland neighborhoods for many years and attended Hayward High School in the nearby city of Hayward.[2] Bailey earned an Associates Degree from Oakland's old Merritt Community College in 1968, and a Bachelors in Journalism from San Jose State University in 1972. [edit] Career Bailey first wrote for The Oakland Post in 1970, and made his foray into television news that year as an on-air reporter with station KNTV in San Jose, California, where he continued through 1971. During the next three years he worked at the San Francisco Sun Reporter.[3] In the mid 1970s, Bailey moved to Hartford, Connecticut to work on the Hartford Courant for three years. After working for a year on the rewrite desk at United Press International in Chicago, he returned to Oakland in 1978 and wrote for the California Voice through late 1980.[4][3] Bailey again moved to Chicago, where he worked as a publicist for the nonprofit Comprand Inc., and then relocated to Washington, D.C. in 1981 to work for a year as press secretary for the freshman U.S. Representative Gus Savage, D-Ill.[3] From 1982 Bailey spent the next decade as a reporter and columnist for the Detroit News, where he covered city government and worked on special projects.[3] In 1992 he returned to Oakland as public affairs director and newscaster on Bay Area radio with station KDIA, which was co-owned by then mayor of Oakland, Elihu Harris and then California Assembly Speaker Willie Brown. During this era Bailey was seen throughout the 1990s as an interviewer and commentator on Soul Beat Television on the Oakland cable station KSBT, where he worked along with former Oakland actress Luenell.[3] Bailey worked at the Oakland Tribune from 1993 until 2005.[3] In the mid 1990s Bailey split from his wife.[4] In 2003 Bailey quit his program on Soul Beat after he failed in his attempt to buy the station. His program was canceled in 2004.[4] In 2005 he began writing freelance travel stories for The Oakland Post. He became editor in June 2007, and then editor-in-chief of all five Post weeklies.[2] The Post is the largest African-American weekly newspaper in northern California, published in Oakland, California by the Post News Group, and serving mainly Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond and San Francisco.[5] In late 2004 Bailey became one of the producers, co-founders and hosts for OUR-TV (Opportunities in Urban Renaissance Television) on Comcast Channel 78.[4] Bailey had been known for his aggressive questioning of city officials.[1] Oakland Police spokesman Ronald Holmgren said: "I know him as being a somewhat outspoken type individual, assertive in his journalistic approach when trying to get at matters at hand."[6] [edit] Your Black Muslim Bakery Bailey was shot and killed while working on a story about the finances of Your Black Muslim Bakery, involving its pending bankruptcy.[7][8] After the shooting the Post publisher Paul Cobb revealed on television that, prior to Bailey's killing, Cobb had withheld from publication a story that Bailey had written earlier, saying only that it was about "things like" what happened to Bailey. He later stated that the police had asked him not to reveal anything about the matter. On August 6, 2007 a former employee of the bakery, Ali Saleem Bey, who is not a relative but who adopted the Bey name, revealed that he was Bailey's source for the withheld story, which the Post had decided was not ready for publication. Bailey had asked Bey to give him the story.[9] According to Ali Bey, the bakery business had been seized from its rightful heirs in a coup through fraud and forgery, by a ruthless, younger branch of the family, beginning with Antar Bey and culminating with the current chief executive officer, Yusuf Bey IV. Ali revealed that in June 2005, John Bey, the former head of the Bey security service, was driven out of town with his family after an attempt on his life in a shooting outside his home. John had tried to expose the fraud behind the coup. In 2005, Antar Bey mortgaged the bakery property, to cover back taxes and other debt, and then defaulted, which led to threat of foreclosure.[9] An attorney for the Post also confirmed that Bailey had been working on the story about the "financial status of the organization" and including the possibly criminal "activities of a number of people who were working in the organization".[9] On October 24, 2006 Your Black Muslim Bakery, Inc., had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, listing its CEO as Yusuf Ali Bey, otherwise known as Yusuf Bey IV. With $900,000 in debts, owed mostly to the mortgage holder, the building was about to be foreclosed upon. The remaining debt, $200,000, was owed to the Internal Revenue Service. The day after Bailey's death, on August 3, 2007 U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Edward Jellen ordered the case to be converted to Chapter 7 liquidation effective August 9, 2007.[10] [edit] Final days By 2007 Bailey was living in an apartment near the south end of Lake Merritt, not far from downtown Oakland.[2] He was known to walk to work as a daily routine, and to stop for breakfast at a McDonalds restaurant at 14th Street and Jackson Street, about a half-block from where he was killed in the 200 block of 14th Street, becoming Oakland's 72nd homicide of 2007.[2] On the morning of August 2, 2007, Bailey set out on his usual walk to work. Unknown to him, it is alleged that Devaughndre Broussard, a 19-year-old handyman at Your Black Muslim Bakery, who was on probation for a San Francisco robbery conviction, had found out where Bailey lived. Broussard had worked at the bakery as a handyman and cook between August 2006 and March 2007, before leaving to find other work. He was rehired at the bakery early in July 2007.[8] Broussard grew up in San Francisco's Western Addition district. The office of the San Francisco District Attorney revealed that in January 2006, at age 18, Broussard pled guilty to an assault charge, and served a first-time offender sentence of one year in San Francisco county jail. Upon release, Broussard was also ordered to three years of supervised probation.[11] In addition to his probation status, he was wanted on an outstanding failure-to-appear warrant for his arrest, charged with a 2006 assault with a firearm in San Francisco.[12] Police revealed that on the night of August 1, 2007, Broussard first went looking for Bailey at his apartment complex, having discovered Bailey's home address near the south end of Lake Merritt. Early on the next morning of August 2, 2007 Broussard looked for Bailey at his office, but Bailey had not yet arrived.[8] Police revealed that Broussard also went looking for Bailey twice again at his apartment complex that morning. At 07:17 a.m. an AC Transit bus driver may have seen Broussard near Bailey's apartment, standing outside with the shotgun at First Avenue and International Boulevard. The driver called his dispatcher, who reported the incident to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office. The driver continued on his route, and deputies responded to the location, but could not locate the man in their search.[13] Broussard then, in a white Ford Aerostar van, began driving around the route he thought Bailey would be taking to work. Broussard insisted that he acted alone, but police believe he had an accomplice in the van. At 7:25 a.m. Broussard spotted Bailey leaving the McDonald's restaurant where Bailey regularly stopped to eat breakfast. Broussard then got out of the van, parked on Alice Street. Wearing a mask and dark clothing, he approached Bailey with the shotgun. Police cannot confirm that a witness claims that he heard Bailey say "Please don't kill me." The witness claims he recognized Bailey, and that he was in trouble, but stopped in his tracks when he saw the shotgun.[13] Broussard admitted to police the next night that he then ambushed and killed Bailey.[8] Oakland Police investigators said that Broussard confessed that he killed Bailey because he was angry over the past and ongoing articles written by Bailey about the bakery and its personnel.[8] [edit] Assassination As he walked from home to work, Bailey was shot dead around 7:30 a.m. on 14th Street near Alice Street in Oakland's Lakeside Apartments District in what police described as an assassination.[1] Witnesses said the single gunman wearing dark clothing and a ski mask approached Bailey and fired at least three rounds from a shotgun, hitting Bailey at least once in the chest, then fled on foot to a waiting van and drove off.[1][2][6] The gunman first fired a shotgun blast at Bailey's chest, then stood over him and fired again execution style at Bailey's face while Bailey was down, and then fired a coup de grĂ¢ce to make sure he was dead. The assassin then escaped in the van.[13] Bailey was pronounced dead at the scene.[2] Police Chief Wayne Tucker described the killing as "unusual" because it occurred downtown and in broad daylight.[1] The Mossberg shotgun used in the murder was later identified as one stolen during a liquor store vandalism 2 years prior suspected to have been committed by members of Your Black Muslim Bakery.[14] On the day of the killing Oakland Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland offered up to $25,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the killer. Bailey was survived by his father, three of his four siblings, and his teenage son living in southern California. A funeral Mass was held at the East Oakland St. Benedict's Catholic Church on the morning of August 8, 2007, with an overflowing crowd of 700 in attendance, including a line of people outside for more than an hour into the service. Attendees included Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, U.S. Representative Barbara Lee, actress Luenell, assistant dean of the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism Paul Grabowicz who once worked with Bailey at the Tribune, and well-known local attorney John Burris. Bailey was buried at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in nearby Hayward, California.[4][15] [edit] Aftermath Beginning early at 5 a.m. on the following morning of August 3, 2007, more than 200 Oakland Police officers and SWAT team members armed with search warrants closed off a number of blocks of San Pablo Avenue, a major thoroughfare in North Oakland. The area of focus included homes and the business properties of Your Black Muslim Bakery, which operated two business locations on either side of the street between Stanford Avenue and 59th Street. The group is a Black Muslim splinter organization founded by Yusuf Bey, and now led by his son Yusuf Bey IV. The pre-dawn raids followed a two-month investigation into a variety of violent crimes, including kidnapping and murder. Police used stun grenades and broke down doors to gain entry. In a news conference later that day, Oakland Deputy Police Chief Howard Jordan said that several weapons and other evidence of value linked the killing of Chauncey Bailey to members of the group.[7] Police also recovered spent ammunition from the rooftops, and detained 19 people for questioning.[8] In addition to the bakeries, the police also raided nearby homes. In the 1000 block of 59th Street, police recovered, from a closet,[9] the shotgun used in the killing of Bailey at the home where Broussard was also detained. The rear yard of the home connected directly to the bakery property.[12] Police also raided a home in the 900 block of Aileen Street a few blocks east of the bakery.[8] Of the 19 detainees on that morning, five were arrested along with Broussard, and Yusuf Bey IV, on probable cause arrest warrants, along with other outstanding arrest warrants, stemming from the prior investigations.[8] Broussard was booked on suspicion of murder on August 4, 2007, for the killing of Bailey, having told police detectives that he considered himself "a good soldier". Though other charges were made against those arrested, none of them were charged with Bailey's murder.[12] On August 7, 2007 Broussard was arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court, on charges of murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.[11] He initially confessed to killing Bailey, then recanted his confession. In a 2008 60 Minutes interview, Broussard claimed he was coerced by Yusef Bey IV to plead guilty for the benefit of the bakery and others arrested.[16] He later plead guilty to manslaughter charges in exchange for a 25 year sentence and full testimony at the trial of Yusef Bey IV and others.[17] Broussard testified for the prosecution at the trial of Yusef Bey IV and Antoine Mackey in 2011. He testified he was ordered by Bey to find, track and kill Bailey before the journalist could print his latest article on the bakery.[17] [edit] The Chauncey Bailey Project To continue Bailey's work and answer questions regarding his death, more than two dozen reporters, photographers and editors from print, broadcast and electronic media, and journalism students are launching the Chauncey Bailey Project. It is convened by New America Media, a project of Pacific News Service and the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. The Chauncey Bailey Project's Web site states that Devaughndre Broussard has confessed to the crime, according to police, but many questions about the possible motive for the killing have yet to be answered. In June 2008, the Chauncey Bailey Project released a secretly recorded police video that reveals how Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV kept the gun used in the Chauncey Bailey killing in his closet after the attack and bragged of playing "hella dumb" when investigators asked him about the shooting.[18] Bey goes on to describe Bailey's shooting in detail, then laughingly denies he was there, and boasts that his friendship with the case's lead detective protected him from charges. Bey also claims he knew he was being recorded. The credibility of The Chauncey Bailey Project is not without its critics. Bay Area Investigative Journalist, Minister of Information JR, who hosts Block Report Radio daily on KPFA 94.1FM during afternoon drive hours, has issued a scathing indictment of the Chauncey Bailey Project in his column: A journalistic critique of the Chauncey Bailey Project. [1]. JR has charged the project with allegations of inaccurate and "self-congratulatory" reporting.[19] [edit] References ^ a b c d e Christopher Heredia, Leslie Fulbright and Marisa Lagos (2007-08-02). "Hit man kills newspaper editor on Oakland street". San Francisco Chronicle. ^ a b c d e f Harry Harris and Angela Hill (2007-08-03). "Prominent journalist shot dead in street". The Oakland Tribune. ^ a b c d e f Josh Richman and Douglas Fischer (2007-08-03). "Bailey's career in news spanned globe for decades". The Oakland Tribune. ^ a b c d e Kristin Bender (2007-08-07). "Oakland newsman Bailey to be laid to rest Wednesday". The Oakland Tribune. ^ C. Dianne Howell. "Chauncey Bailey". The Oakland Post. Retrieved 2008-10-26. ^ a b "Veteran Reporter Gunned Down In Oakland". KTVU News. 2007-08-02. ^ a b "Police Link Bailey Homicide To Black Muslim Group". KTVU News. 2007-08-03. ^ a b c d e f g h Harry Harris, Kristin Bender and Kelly Rayburn (2007-08-04). "Cops: Editor's killer confesses". The Oakland Tribune. ^ a b c d Josh Richman (2007-08-07). "Slain editor's bakery source surfaces". The Oakland Tribune. ^ Angela Hill and Josh Richman (2007-08-04). "Esteemed enterprise spirals out of control". The Oakland Tribune. ^ a b Harry Harris; Paul T. Rosynsky (2007-08-08). "Bakery leader, cohorts charged". The Oakland Tribune. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2008-09-11. ^ a b c Angela Hill and Harry Harris (2007-08-05). "Confessed killer: I'm 'a good soldier'". The Oakland Tribune. ^ a b c Harry Harris and Martin G. Reynolds (2007-08-08). "Cops: Killer 'stalked' editor prior to ambush". The Oakland Tribune. ^ Jaxon Van Derbeken (2007-10-05). "Trail of the shotgun in editor's slaying". The San Francisco Chronicle. ^ Angela Hill, Jamaal Johnson and Cecily Burt (2007-08-09). "Hundreds mourn Bailey". The Oakland Tribune. ^ Transcript: Devaughndre Broussard Interview (Anderson Cooper). 60 Minutes. March 10 2011. Retrieved 2011-3-29. ^ a b Lee, Henry K. Chauncey Bailey shooter laughed at killings. San Francisco Chronicle. March 28 2011. Retrieved 2011-3-28. ^ Thomas Peele; Bob Butler; Mary Fricker; Josh Richman (2008-06-18). "Secret video raises questions about bakery leader's role in Bailey killing". Chauncey Bailey Project. Retrieved 2008-09-11. ^ by Minister of Information JR (2008). "A Journalistic Critique of the Chauncey Bailey Project". BayView. Retrieved 2008-11-22. [edit] External links NBC-11's report on the murder CBS5's report on the murder 60 Minutes: "The Murder of Chauncey Bailey" The Chauncey Bailey Project - Team investigates Bailey murder & continues his work