Chauncey Bailey Project

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Judging criminals is civic responsibility, jury forewoman in bakery trial says

By Thomas Peele, The Chauncey Bailey Project When the Rev. Karen Stokes was called to jury duty and found herself being screened for a long and complex trial involving a member of the former Your Black Muslim Bakery, her first thought was, “I can get out of this.” Alameda County Superior Court Judge Thomas Reardon […]

Oakland police Sgt. Derwin Longmire sues city

Oakland police Sgt. Derwin Longmire sues city

Oakland police Sgt. Derwin Longmire, the former homicide detective who led the highly criticized investigation of journalist Chauncey Bailey’s 2007 death, filed a lawsuit against the city Wednesday, claiming high-level police commanders tarnished his reputation. “I want to restore my good name,” Longmire said.

Bey IV associate guilty in kidnap-torture case

Bey IV associate guilty in kidnap-torture case

A jury Wednesday morning convicted a follower of the defunct Your Black Muslim Bakery on six felony charges of kidnapping two women at gunpoint and torturing one of them in a failed scheme to steal drug money and use it to save the bakery from financial ruin. Richard Lewis, 26, a former star football player at San Francisco’s Galileo Academy, now faces a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. He was part of an inner circle that jailed bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV once referred to in a conversation while in jail as his “San Francisco muscle.”

Prosecutor: Bakery follower admitted guilt in jail call

Prosecutor: Bakery follower admitted guilt in jail call

Three little words. They either are an admission of guilt in six felonies, as a prosecutor said Thursday, or a simple lament over falling in with the wrong person and being made a scapegoat for it, which is what a defense lawyer contended. The words, recorded during a jail phone call: “My dumb ass.” The man who said them, Richard Lewis, a follower of former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV, is charged with kidnapping two women at gunpoint and torturing one of them.

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