Archive for October, 2009
Commentary: We have little doubt that Oakland Police Sgt. Derwin Longmire’s conduct seriously compromised a police investigation into the murder of journalist Chauncey Bailey. -MediaNews editorial
Sgt. Derwin Longmire’s defense of his work on the Chauncey Bailey homicide investigation is perhaps best captured in one short sentence: “I was the best man for the case, and I knew it.” That is what Longmire told state investigators who asked if his relationship with Yusuf Bey IV posed a conflict of interest for him in investigating Bailey’s 2007 killing, according to a document prepared by Longmire’s lawyer.
The investigation into journalist Chauncey Bailey’s 2007 slaying may have languished in the days after the crime because of an impression that former District Attorney Tom Orloff wasn’t interested in aggressively pursuing a larger case than the initial charge against confessed gunman Devaughndre Broussard, according to a memo prepared by a lawyer.
A longtime Your Black Muslim Bakery associate with a checkered past in dealing with public money persuaded BART’s board of directors on Thursday to award him half of a seven-figure energy-efficiency contract, despite BART staffers’ recommendation to the contrary. Nedir Bey, 48, was a confidant of the late Yusuf Bey, Your Black Muslim Bakery’s founder. His background includes a $1.1 million Oakland city loan never repaid, campaign matching funds questionably spent and a no-contest plea to a felony false imprisonment charge.
Despite state investigators and other experts saying that a detective’s ties to Your Black Muslim Bakery’s young leader compromised his investigation of a journalist’s slaying, the Oakland Police Department will decline to discipline him, police sources say. Sgt. Derwin Longmire will return to work within days, according to three department sources who spoke on condition of anonymity.
“A Day Late In Oakland,” an award-winning documentary about Chauncey Bailey’s murder by film maker Zachary Stauffer, will be shown at the Oakland International Film Festival today and Tuesday.
The Chauncey Bailey Project won three significant awards this past weekend from two notable journalism organizations: The Online News Association and the Bay Area Black Journalists Association.
The Chauncey Bailey Project won two awards at the 2009 Online Journalism Awards event in San Francisco over the weekend. The Project, a collaboration of two dozen news organization that fielded reporters, photographers, journalism students and editors to investigate the 2007 murder of Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey, won the Knight Award for Public Service […]