Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Yusuf Bey's Buddy Stays with OPD

By Robert Gammon
Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 10:49 AM

Oakland police Sergeant Derwin Longmire, under fire for nearly allowing his friend, Yusuf Bey IV, to get away with the murder of journalist Chauncey Bailey, will not be fired. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that before new Police Chief Anthony Batts took command of the department this week, acting Chief Howard Jordan concluded that Longmire should only serve a five-day suspension. Jordan also cleared Longmire's immediate boss, Lieutenant Ersie Joyner, who knew of Longmire's relationship with Bey IV, and yet failed to closely monitor Longmire's handling of the case.

Jordan, himself, also has culpability in the matter, because he was the head of the investigation bureau when Longmire was the lead homicide investigator in the Bailey murder and knew of Longmire's friendship with Bey IV. According to the Chron, Jordan defended Longmire in an interview with state investigators.

Jordan's decision to allow Longmire to stay on the force also appears to have directly conflicted with the findings of dual inquiries by the state Attorney General's Office and the police department's internal affairs unit. State AG investigators said that Longmire's homicide investigation had been "inexcusably lacking" for failing to look into Bey IV's role in assassinating Bailey. In addition, internal affairs acting Captain Sean Whent concluded that Longmire "deliberately did an inadequate investigation … most likely due to a relationship" with Bey IV.

But Longmire's attorney Michael Rains said that at worst Longmire was only guilty of "sloppy and inattentive detail," and not of deliberately shielding Bey IV from prosecution. Bey IV was not charged with murdering Bailey until after Longmire was off the case.

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