Archive for April, 2010
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, 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.
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.”
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.