Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Trib Criticizes OPD for Bailey Investigation

By Robert Gammon
Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 11:14 AM

The Oakland Tribune heaped criticism on the Oakland police today for its botched investigation into the murder of journalist Chauncey Bailey. The unsigned editorial was especially critical of OPD brass for allowing homicide Detective Derwin Longmire to lead the investigation even though he had a long relationship with Yusuf Bey IV, the CEO of Your Black Muslim Bakery. Alleged gunman Devaughndre Broussard claims that Bey IV coerced him into confessing to Bailey's murder after Longmire allowed the bakery leader to meet privately with Broussard at police headquarters. The editorial was unusual because the Trib rarely criticizes Oakland police. One gripe, though. The editorial stated that Sunday's 60 Minutes program on the murder investigation "didn't break any ground." That's untrue. In the program, Broussard made a startling new claim — that Longmire had urged him not to finger Bey IV in the murder case.

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