Chauncey Bailey Project

Commentary: Oakland Police Deny Chauncey Bailey Probe Is Flawed

By Richard Prince

COMMENTARY – “Police say the probe of journalist Chauncey Bailey’s 2007 killing isn’t flawed and that the case’s lead detective, Sgt. Derwin Longmire, didn’t interfere in other felony cases involving its key suspect, even as an internal affairs investigation of him continues,” Thomas Peele, Bob Butler and Mary Fricker reported Monday for the Chauncey Bailey Project.

“The Oakland Police Department statement, released during the weekend in reaction to reporting by the Chauncey Bailey Project, also officially acknowledges for the first time that police believe Yusuf Bey IV, the leader of the now defunct Your Black Muslim Bakery, was involved in Bailey’s killing.

“The only person charged in the Aug. 2, 2007, killing is Devaughndre Broussard, a bakery handyman. Bey IV is jailed on unrelated charges.

“The Chauncey Bailey Project stands behind the stories it published and broadcast the week of Oct. 26 about Longmire’s handling of the investigation, its executive editor, Robert J. Rosenthal, said Monday.”

After Bailey, an editor at the Oakland Post in California, was assassinated last year, a number of news organizations converged as the Chauncey Bailey Project to continue his work.

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