November 25, 2007
Support your local sharia?
I don't know how many people have been following the Chauncey Bailey murder case, but the reports I've been reading are unsettling, to say the least.
The story had seemed very cut and dried. Local journalist works on exposé of the Black Muslim Bakery and is then murdered in an ambush. Huge police raid on the bakery. Murder weapon found. Suspect confesses to police.
Well, as it turns out, now Mr. Broussard has recanted his confession, and last week his defense lawyer moved to have the case thrown out entirely. While the motion was denied, the legal issue may be headed for the Supreme Court.
In two tape recordings introduced as evidence Wednesday Broussard confesses to the murder, but his attorney claims he was coerced by leaders of the Your Black Muslim Bakery. Defense attorney LeRue Grim tried to have the evidence dismissed, but he was denied by Judge Robert McGuiness.How convenient. I'm wondering what Oakland jury would now dare convict him, as people are scared to death of this politically connected group. And even if he is convicted, the case may be so hopelessly tainted that it may be thrown out on appeal.
According to a recent analysis in the San Francisco Chronicle, what is unraveling involves a sordid affair of high level police corruption:
Yusuf Bey IV, the young leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery, boasted to his followers that he had avoided being implicated in the slaying of Oakland Post Editor Chauncey Bailey because of his relationship with the officer assigned to investigate the case.Read the whole piece. It details a sycophantic relationship between the homicide investigator and the head of the group he was supposed to be investigating.
And why not? Didn't high public officials sing the praises for the place?
Over the years, Longmire regularly visited Your Black Muslim Bakery on San Pablo Avenue in Oakland and became acquainted with Yusuf Bey Sr., who founded the bakery three decades earlier. The bakery earned praise from government officials, including a U.S. congressman who would become Oakland's mayor, Ron Dellums.Remember the group's brutal attack on local stores for selling liquor?
Once again, Bey's cozy relationship has led to intervention on his behalf, which only seems to have enabled him to commit more crimes:
As the two developed a relationship, Bey IV had several run-ins with Oakland police, records show. Police say it was during this time that Bey IV led bakery members on a string of crimes that included robbery, vandalism, assault, kidnapping and torture.Nice for criminal suspects to enjoy such protection, eh? Local stores are attacked and vandalized for selling alcohol, and the attackers are coddled.
Do I need to remind readers that Oakland is in the United States and not in Pakistan?
(What ever will I do when all sarcasm fails?)
Longmire's actions, in effect, prevented Bey IV from making a voluntary statement about the case to Sgt. Dom Arotzarena, the investigator assigned to the vandalism case.The whole thing reads like a horror story, and while there wasn't much national news coverage when the story broke in August, this time there seems to be even less. (Even the Wiki entry hasn't been updated.)
Despite the fact that this involved a journalist murdered for daring to write about the group. (Hmmm.... Should have said "because"?)
What an unreported scandal it would be if it turned out that Bey was the one who actually issued the order to kill Bailey! That was what some police initially suspected last year:
Oakland Assistant Police Chief Howard Jordan said the day after Bailey was shot that police believed that Yusuf Bey IV, the son of bakery founder Yusuf Bey, was involved in some fashion.As the saying goes, justice delayed is justice denied.
Christopher Hitchens pulled no punches when he wrote about this story in August:
If this isn't softness on crime, then the term is meaningless. Residents have been complaining for a long time about the atmosphere of hatred and violence--and about what some have called the YBMB's attempt to "cleanse" the neighborhood, either of godless liquor stores on the model of jihadism or simply of business rivals and journalistic critics. What were the police doing all this time, and why did Chauncey Bailey have to be murdered before they could be moved to act? Perhaps they were doing what they do best: confiscating marijuana and rousting whores so as to painlessly improve the crime statistics. I called Bob Valladon, the extremely rude and graceless head of the Oakland police union, but I didn't even get to put my question before receiving a large flea in my ear. Other California law-enforcement officials were adamant in refusing to be quoted in any way. I can't say I blame them: Thousands of their voters and citizens are living in Third World conditions of fear, with a "no-snitch" policy openly enforced at gunpoint, and they cannot be troubled to do anything about it.With backing from your local police....
posted by Eric on 11.25.07 at 10:00 AM
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