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Nixed Deals!

Posted: 10/22/2012 06:05:42 PM PDT - Updated: 10/23/2012 12:48:51 PM PDT

OAKLAND, CA -- The federal judge who will determine the future of Oakland's police force sent an unequivocal message Monday that he alone will decide what powers a court-appointed receiver would wield over the department. Oakland risks becoming the first major U.S. city to lose significant control of its police force over its failure to fully implement reforms stemming from the decade-old Riders police corruption case. The city is expected to vigorously fight to keep control of the department.

U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson refused to sign off on an agreement between the attorneys seeking a federal takeover of the department and Oakland's police union that would have prevented any court-appointed receiver from interfering with the union's contract and due process rights. In a two-paragraph response late Monday, Henderson wrote that only he had the authority to determine the receiver's powers and that he is considering bringing in an outside expert to help make that determination, should he opt to appoint a receiver. Henderson, who oversaw the Riders case, has scheduled a Dec. 13 hearing to consider appointing a receiver with potentially broad powers including the authority to hire and fire Oakland's police chief. Had Henderson agreed to limit a receiver's authority over the union's contract, the union would dropped its request to intervene in the receivership proceedings.

"The judge is clearly keeping all his options on the table," said an attorney representing the police union. "We don't have all the predictability on those issues that we would have liked to have had."

Familial Attitudes!

Posted: 10/19/2012 09:00:00 PM PDT - Updated: 10/22/2012 06:38:51 AM PDT

OAKLAND, CA -- City of Oakland Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente won't commit to returning campaign funds he says he unwittingly received from an Oakland motel recently shut down for its long involvement with prostitution and child sex trafficking. A judge ordered the hotel closed for a year in August. One month later, De La Fuente received a maximum $700 check from the hotel, which is owned by a limited liability company registered to Rajeshkumar Khatri, of Castro Valley. Two other East Bay hotels registered to limited liability companies also headed by Khatri, the Super 8 in Hayward and the Econo Lodge in Castro Valley, also gave De La Fuente maximum contributions -- a potential violation of city campaign finance rules.

Oakland's campaign finance law limits individual contributions to $700 and restricts the ability of people to use multiple businesses or limited liability companies to skirt contribution limits. The city treats such entities as a single person when they share two or more officers or are controlled by the same majority shareholders. All three hotel corporations list only Khatri and his wife, Hansaben Khatri, as managers in state filings.

De La Fuente said he voted to authorize the lawsuit that led to shuttering the motel and was unaware its owners had contributed to his campaign. "A lot of people give me money, so I don't know who (my contributors are) until I read my report," he said. De La Fuente's campaign filed a report Oct. 5 listing his major contributions, including the $2,100 he received from the three motels, as required by state law. The councilman said he would return the checks if they constituted a campaign violation, but otherwise wouldn't commit to giving back the money.

A criminal and constitutional law professor at UC Hastings College of the Law, said De La Fuente had no moral obligation to return the motel money. "It's not unethical for him to keep it, but in my opinion it's not a very smart political practice." Oakland city attorneys fought for nearly two years to close the Economy Inn at 122 E. 12th St. at the southwest corner of Lake Merritt, citing multiple incidents of women being kidnapped and forced to work there as prostitutes. Khatri, who lives in Castro Valley, was unavailable to speak Friday, but his son, Jay Khatri, said De La Fuente had not solicited the donations. The Khatri-owned motels haven't donated to other candidates running for city office this year, according to campaign filings.

"I still believe that he is innocent of rape."

-- March 5, 2007, Statement by Oakland City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente Sr., regarding his son's earlier plea of Guilty to two counts of rape, one charge of assault to commit rape.

Oakland, CA (2007-05-03 19:02:00 PDT) -- In a surprise deal during his rape trial, Ignacio De La Fuente Jr., the son (pictured right) of a prominent Oakland politician pleaded guilty to five felony sex charges today, admitting to raping or sexually assaulting his four accusers. The surprise plea came just a week after the trial began for De La Fuente Jr. He is accused of raping four women in four separate incidents between October 2003 and just before his arrest in April 2005.

De La Fuente Jr. pleaded guilty to two counts of rape, one charge of assault to commit rape, one count of forcible oral copulation and one charge of forced digital penetration. "He pleaded 'guilty,' not 'no contest' -- he personally admitted to the crimes."

He pleaded guilty to the five charges this morning in Alameda County Superior Court under a plea agreement that allows him to avoid a possible sentence of 75 years to life and instead serve a total sentence of 14 years, his attorneys and court officials said. With credit for time served and good behavior, De La Fuente Jr. could serve 12 years of his sentence and be paroled in about 10 years. But if the California Department Corrections and Rehabilitation deems him a sexually violent predator, he could be incarcerated for much longer, possibly for life.

The senior De La Fuente, the number two in last year's mayoral race, has long touted his tough approach to crime.

[Podcast (Excerpt) With Video Over Voice: City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente says he still believes his son is innocent.]

Council President De La Fuente, who sat in the courtroom nearly every day of the case, said he supports [his] son. "I still believe that he is innocent of rape," he said in an interview after the hearing. "I would have supported him if he wanted to fight these charges, and I support his decision to accept a plea," De La Fuente said. "I really feel that there were problems with the witnesses. But this was tough case. I think he was singled out because he was my son. It's a very sad day for our family. I love my son and I will always love him no matter what."

City attorneys cited 16 prostitution-related incidents at the Economy Inn in a well-publicized 2010 legal action against the motel. The lawsuit noted one Oct. 2010 incident in which police rescued a woman who had been kidnapped in San Diego and transported to the motel, where she was tortured with a whip and a lighter, sodomized and forced into prostitution.

There's nothing illegal about De La Fuente accepting campaign funds from the motel. Always a prolific fundraiser, De La Fuente collected $89,560 in campaign cash between mid-August and the end of September, far outpacing other city candidates during that period. De La Fuente is fighting an uphill battle to stay on the council after giving up the seat he's held for 20 years representing Oakland's Fruitvale district to take on Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan for the seat representing the entire city. A poll conducted late last month by the pro-business Jobs and Housing Coalition showed Kaplan leading De La Fuente 39 to 23 percent in the five-candidate field.

OPD Leadership!

Posted: 08/23/2012 06:04:54 AM PDT - Posted: 08/23/2012 03:17:54 PM PDT

OAKLAND, CA -- Councilwoman Desley Brooks (pictured left) has ignored campaign disclosure law for years, records show, making it impossible to know exactly what she has done with thousands of dollars in campaign donations and public matching funds. Brooks was fined $400 last month for failing to submit her 2011 campaign contribution disclosure reports -- her second campaign disclosure-related fine since winning office in 2002.

But a review of her filings with the City Clerk's Office shows numerous violations for which city and state officials have never held her accountable.

Brooks has failed to submit state-mandated semiannual campaign disclosure statements for six filing periods dating to 2006.

In 2010, Brooks twice invented her own time period for submitting campaign contributions and expenditures after missing earlier state-mandated deadlines.

That same year Brooks failed to name four contributors who donated a combined $1,500 to her re-election bid.

Also in 2010, she received $8,900 from contributors for whom she listed no valid occupation or employer. State law required her to return those contributions.

By far Brooks' most alarming recurring issue is that her campaign figures simply don't add up. Eight times since 2002 her campaign fund's ending cash balance for one reporting period was different from the beginning cash balance for the following period.

The city initially tried to make Brooks fix her mistakes, but as her violations continued, both city and state watchdog agencies chose to ignore the transgressions, even though she received $12,769 in public campaign matching funds. Though there is no evidence that Brooks has pocketed campaign contributions, the multitude of errors, including bad math, dating back 10 years makes it impossible to get a reliable accounting of Brooks' funds, said Mari Lee, a campaign treasurer whose clients include three Oakland council members.

"These filings are an absolute travesty," Lee said after inspecting them at this paper's request. "Without an audit being done there's no way of knowing how much money she raised and how much she spent."

History of violations

Brooks, who didn't return phone calls and refused requests to go over her filings in person, said in an email that she was unaware of both the accounting errors and her failure to file required reports.

The City Clerk's Office this year ordered her to correct her error-laden 2010 filings after this paper informed the office of the violations. But Brooks wrote that she couldn't comply because the information about her contributors was stored on her computer, which had been stolen.

State campaign finance law requires candidates to disclose the names, addresses, occupations and employers of contributors who give more than $100 and to file semiannual reports during non-election years -- obligations that Brooks, an attorney, has often ignored since first running for office in 2002.

In 2004, Oakland's Public Ethics Commission fined her $250 for failing to provide required background information for 37 contributors to her successful 2002 council bid.

That same year the commission forwarded its concerns about Brooks' campaign records to the state's Fair Political Practices Commission. The commission declined to investigate, citing limited staff resources, said Gary Winuk, chief of the commission's enforcement division.

Brooks continued violating campaign rules after she was fined, but faced no additional penalty until last month, when the state commission, acting on an anonymous tip, fined her $400 for failing to submit the two semiannual disclosure reports for 2011.

Winuk said the commission hadn't been alerted that other filings also were missing or that the filings on record were full of mistakes. "Now that we know," he said, "we're going to follow up on it."

Violations detailed

Brooks' frequent accounting discrepancies began in 2002 when she recorded a negative campaign balance of $11,768 for the filing period ending June 30. Yet that deficit was somehow wiped clean and she began the next filing period beginning July 1 with a balance of zero.

In 2008, the only campaign statement she filed showed an ending balance of $1,675. But her following statement, which wasn't filed until 2010, showed a beginning balance of $4,000.

When Brooks last month filed her campaign statement for the first half of 2012, the beginning balance was $1,353 less than the ending balance for her previous filing.

Records show that in 2005 Brooks made her sister, Darleen Brooks, her campaign treasurer at which point her disclosure errors became both more numerous and bizarre.

In a 2007 statement, Brooks listed $40,126 in contributions and $41,149 in payments for the year, but never detailed a single contribution or payment as required.

Facing re-election in 2010, Brooks was required to disclose her campaign contributions and expenditures at the end of June and September. She skipped both those deadlines and created her own filing period: Jan. 1 through Oct. 5.

That filing lacked required information for many contributors, including their employers and occupations.

In four cases, Brooks listed at least the contributor's address and donation, but neglected to include the contributor's name.

The filing also included a major math error, which caused her ending balance for the period to be undervalued by $4,000. The incorrect figure was carried over into her next campaign disclosure report, rendering it incorrect, as well.

"It doesn't appear the city has the will to enforce the law," said Bob Stearns, an attorney who helped write the state's campaign disclosure rules. "If nobody is telling her that her statements are terrible, she's going to continue doing this."

No oversight

Assistant city clerk Tamika Thomas said state regulations require her office to accept campaign filings "regardless of their conditions" and that the clerk's office lacked both the authority to initiate investigations and the staffing to closely inspect the filings.

Thomas said it's up to the city's Public Ethics Commission to investigate campaign law violations. But the commission didn't meet at all for nine months after its director retired last year.

"There doesn't appear to be anyone right now capable of providing oversight," said Ralph Kanz, who served on the commission when it fined Brooks in 2004. "Because the ethics commission has been so understaffed and not provided the resources it needs, it's been unable to keep up with these things."

Although city clerks aren't required to inspect campaign filings, Winuk said many of them file complaints with the state after candidates fail to correct errors.

"We get them all the time," he said.

10 OPD Lawbreakers Re-hired!

February 22, 2011

The 10 officers, who will fill vacancies in the patrol division, are: Jo Balaoro, Gordon Dorham, Mark Douglas, James Duncan, Ronald Freeman, Terry Jones, John Keating, John McDonell, Francisco Negrete and Nathaniel Walker. The money to pay for the 10 returning officers comes from a combination of officers retiring and saving money on overtime. "It is clear that we are in a tough situation because of the budget funding, but what I was hoping to do is try to maximize the number of officers within the budget."

Suspect Down!

January 27, 2011

OAKLAND, CA -- Officers shot and killed a man armed with two guns after a car chase that began when two suspects shot up an East Oakland block Wednesday afternoon, police said. Police opened fire after telling one of the suspects, identified Thursday as Martin Flenaugh, 19 (a Caucasian male) of Oakland, to put down his guns and cooperate with officers (Oscar Grant was unarmed and cooperating!). When he refused, they opened fire, killing him.

The shooting by police came after the suspects' red Infiniti crashed into another car at 85th Avenue and San Leandro Street, eventually bursting into flames. Police said the driver, identified Thursday as Jereme Brown, 24, of Oakland, ran away but was captured and arrested. Brown was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder.

Officer Holly Joshi said the two suspects began randomly shooting at people in the 7600 block of Lockwood Street about 4:10 p.m. Joshi said that the area is not a "known hot spot" for crime and that police don't know why the area was targeted. Several pedestrians, motorists and a woman trying to put her child in a car were among those targeted, but no one was hit or wounded. "It was a blessing that no one was injured by the suspects," Joshi said. People who witnessed the shooting called police. The suspects' car was spotted by officers leaving the Eastmont substation, and a chase began.

During the 10-minute pursuit, the suspects got onto northbound Interstate 880 at Hegenberger Road, exited near the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum and went east on San Leandro Street until they crashed into an uninvolved motorist at 85th Street. The motorist was not severely injured.

Joshi declined to say whether the suspect pointed his weapons at the officers before he was shot.

Joshi said the police radio system was down during half of the chase, which meant dispatchers could not communicate with officers but officers could talk to one another. Because of that, she said, the medical response to the shooting was delayed, though it was unclear how long. "The radio system is something we've had trouble with in the past," Joshi said.

Joshi said the officer who shot the suspect has been put on paid administrative leave for at least three days while the Alameda County District Attorney's Office and the Oakland Police Department's internal affairs division investigate the shooting.

OPD Criminals Hired By OHAPD!

July 29, 2010

(Sergeant Kenneth Nielson sits among five former Oakland Police Officers and two new Oakland Housing Authority Academy graduates being sworn into their positions as Oakland Housing Authority Police Officers on Thursday July 29, 2010 at the Oakland Housing Authority offices in Oakland Calif. Immediately after the new officers received their badges Nielson was sworn into his new position of Sergeant with the Oakland Housing Authority.)

[A] former sergeant, Marcus Santiago, with the notoriously corrupt Oakland Housing Authority Police Department has become head of the San Francisco Park Patrol. From 1985 to 1993, Santiago was an officer and supervisor with the scandal-plagued Oakland Housing Authority Police Department. Documents, interviews, and news reports show that during his time there, officers routinely beat up and stole from suspects, planted drugs on them, and lied about it in police reports and at trial. The security force was so notoriously corrupt that it became the target of local and federal investigations. Four officers went to prison. Steven Gore, the onetime Alameda County Public Defender's Office investigator whose sleuthing helped bring the corruption to light, believed there was sufficient evidence to prosecute many more. "The idea that just four of these guys went to prison and Santiago continued as a sergeant was absurd," he said.

( Former Oakland Police Officers Melissa Baddie, Mike Quijano and Qiana Johnson, left to right, pose for a personal picture after being sworn in as Oakland Housing Authority Officers at the Oakland Housing Authority Offices in Oakland Calif. on Thursday, July 29, 2010.)

A 1991 60 Minutes segment characterized the 20-person force as riddled with corruption. "They would go cruising in these cars, do an illegal search, and plant drugs on somebody, and use that as a basis to cite them and search them," said Gore, who was heavily featured in the segment. Chief Ranger Marcus Santiago has transformed the park patrol from five part-time docents into a security force of 20 officers, supervisors, and support staff charged with guarding city parks and recreational facilities. It became an overtime cash machine after he enforced a 2004 rule requiring holders of park event permits to pay rangers to staff their events. During the past two years (2008-2010) he has managed to more than double his own pay with overtime, adding an extra $151,652 to his regular salary. Santiago has a troubling past, one he may not have been fully forthright about when he applied for the chief ranger position in 2003.

[S]ix of the 80 officers laid off July 13 have been hired by the Oakland Housing Authority. Five of the six were sworn in Thursday at the housing authority's headquarters downtown and will begin regular patrol next week. Housing authority police Chief Carel J. Duplessis said the agency recently increased its force to 32 from 25 to patrol the authority's 269 properties. He said 35 laid-off Oakland officers interviewed for the jobs and the six hired "were the best candidates to support the housing authority's goals and objectives." The former Oakland officers are Melissa Baddie, Gordon Dorham, Arzo Homayun, Qiana Johnson, Michael Quijano and Alexis Nash. Their starting annual salary is about $62,400.

The 80 layoffs have in one instance possibly ended the generational legacy of one family of Oakland officers. Leah Supriano, 25, the only single mom of those laid off, is the daughter of veteran Officer Robert Supriano. There is even more uncertainty for the 21 men and women who are still going through an Alameda County Sheriff's Office academy who were originally hired by Oakland. The city has paid their tuition but they are no longer receiving a salary and have been told when they graduate in October there will be no job for them in Oakland. Because of the sheriff's academy's reputation for turning out solid professionals, they could be hired elsewhere. But their first choice was Oakland and not working there is especially difficult for a half-dozen who were cadets in Oakland. One of them is Jared Blue-Lowry, 20, who spent 18 months as a cadet.

See: Police Cover-ups: Lying is the Norm!

Witness Hit List!

July 7, 2010

OAKLAND -- Yusuf Bey IV's longtime lawyer smuggled a hit list out of jail in March that named witnesses her client wanted killed to prevent their testimony in his upcoming trial on charges of ordering journalist Chauncey Bailey and two others killed in 2007, according to court papers filed Tuesday. The attorney, Lorna Patton Brown (pictured left, standing to right of defendant Yusef Bey, IV) "smuggled written communication and materials out of Santa Rita Jail (in Dublin) without the authorization of the sheriff's department and delivered the unlawful communication to others" on six occasions, an affidavit in the filing states. It also states she has smuggled unidentified materials into the jail for Bey IV. Brown also received "documents from others and passed them on to Bey IV" in jail, the affidavit states. She resigned as his lawyer on April 16. Brown had represented Bey IV and his late father, Your Black Muslim Bakery founder Yusuf Bey, in several felony cases. On one of the documents she smuggled out of the jail "witnesses' names had been highlighted" so that (a hit man) would know who "he would have to kill so they would not be available to testify at Bey IV's pending murder trial," states the affidavit written by Inspector Kathleen Boyovich (a liar who aides the District Attorney in false prosecutions) of the Alameda County district attorney's office. The affidavit does not say whether Brown knew why the names were highlighted. Her attorney, Spencer Strellis, declined to comment Tuesday and Brown did not return a message. She has not been charged with a crime. The penal code section cited in the affidavit is a misdemeanor.

C.J. Note: A white woman conspires to commit murder of witnesses in a criminal trial and faces only misdemeanor charges. We note the "uncle tom" cop wasn't charged at all, and retained a taxpayer funded position.

The affidavit also states that Bey IV routinely tries to circumvent recording devices during jail visits by "whispering and lip syncing." In those communications he had tried to intimidate witnesses and asked them to lie and destroy evidence, Boyovich wrote. Brown smuggled the transcript out of the jail in early March. It was in a package of "manila envelopes banded together" and addressed by Brown, "To: Rasoul Bey. From: Yusuf Bey IV." Rasoul Bey is a name sometimes used by bakery follower Gary Popoff (pictured above, left) who has described himself as Bey IV's No. 1 soldier. Brown later told investigators that she met a woman named Aishia Taylor, who is known as Ayeshia Bey, on an Oakland street corner and gave her the package, the affidavit states. She first tried to claim attorney-client privilege in the matter, then waived it, Boyovich wrote. That night, inspectors and Oakland Police pulled over Popoff and arrested him. The envelopes were on the dashboard of his car. It is not stated in court papers how investigators learned of the plot. Popoff was on parole for a drug charge. In April, a hearing officer ruled that possession of documents smuggled out of jail was a parole violation and ordered him returned to state prison. The affidavit states that Popoff and Bey IV are likely to face charges of attempting to kill witnesses. No one was harmed. Two witnesses have been relocated for their safety.

Boyovich's affidavit was included in court papers filed Tuesday in a real estate fraud case against Bey IV. He wants to represent himself in the matter. Deputy District Attorney David Lim wrote in papers he should be denied the usual privilege -- given to inmates who represent themselves -- of unrecorded phone calls "due to concerns for public and witness safety." Bey IV's attorney in the matter, Theodore Johnson, said he had not yet seen the papers and declined to comment. Also in the envelope was a note Bey IV wrote to his former common-law-wife, Tiffany Wade, stating: "I have something else I want done and it's in the letter to Gary" and urging Wade to destroy other, unidentified documents before police find them, "Please!!!" A text message was later recovered from Popoff's phone that had been sent by Bey IV's sister, Jannah Bey. "I saw 4th yesterday. He wanted me to ask (you) if (you) can copy the letter Aishah has for you in your own handwriting" and discard the original.

Boyovich wrote that before and after the six visits during which Brown smuggled papers in and out of the jail, Bey IV phoned family members and followers and told them either to get materials to Brown or that she would have materials for them. Some of those documents are related to what is described as Bey IV's attempt to get followers to launch a website for him entitled "Your Black Resurrection in America Association." A previous website, Freethebakerybrothers.com, was short-lived after the lawyers of several of his co-defendants urged their clients to take it down. Bey IV "believes the (new) website would be financially beneficial to himself and his family," Boyovich wrote. A hearing on his request to be his own lawyer is scheduled for Friday.
She also stated that Bey IV said in a recorded jail phone call to a family member that he wanted to represent himself in the real estate case so he can make unmonitored phone calls about the new website.

A change of venue motion in his triple murder case is scheduled to begin July 19. He is charged with ordering Bailey and two others, Odell Roberson and Michael Wills, shot dead. His co-defendant, Antoine Mackey is charged with helping to kill Bailey and Roberson and with shooting Wills. A then bakery follower, Devaughndre Broussard, has pleaded guilty to killing Bailey and Roberson and told a grand jury that Bey IV ordered the three killings.

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Longmire - Bey Talk

September 4, 2009

In recorded jail telephone conversations calls after the killing of journalist Chauncey Bailey, Yusef Bey IV seems to think of suspended police Sgt. Derwin Longmire (pictured left) as the bakery's protector. Longmire had more undocumented contact with former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV and his family than previously has been made public, recorded phone calls reveal.

They include recored conversations and text messages between Longmire, the then-homicide detective and Bey IV in early 2008. The calls included Bey IV's common-law wife and sister about the Bailey case, according to phone recordings. None of the calls are mentioned in Longmire's case notes, according to copies of those documents.

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Michael Rains, Longmire's lawyer, said Bey IV (pictured left) and his family members have no credibility and that the sergeant, who is suspended with pay pending his termination, did nothing wrong. Rains insisted in an interview with the Chauncey Bailey Project on Tuesday that Longmire should be returned to duty. Rains said a decision on the firing is expected within the week.

Longmire "got calls from Bey IV," Rains said, adding that Longmire told other officers about the calls and was not hiding anything. "He knew Bey IV was responsible" for Bailey's killing but lacked enough evidence to charge him.


April 17, 2009 In October 2008, the media reported that Sgt. Derwin Longmire, OPD Homicide, failed to document in his case notes evidence that pointed to a conspiracy to kill Oakland Post Editor Chauncey Bailey involving Yusef Bey IV. The evidence not documented included a report on a tracking device hidden on Bey IV's car that showed it parked outside Bailey's apartment seven hours before the killing. Police Department e-mails obtained under a public records act request show communication at the highest levels between the department and the district attorney's office about the Bailey case. E-mails show Deputy Police Chief Jeffrey Israel e-mailed District Attorney Tom Orloff what was described as "the Bey IV document" within days of the Media's October reportage about undocumented evidence. Israel then reported to Jordan that he had sent the document, but details about the document where blacked out by the city attorney's office before its release, and the attached document was not made public. A top Oakland official credited the media with keeping alive the investigation. "The reporters are doing a better job than we are," City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente said. Investigators for both the department and the state Office of the Attorney General found Longmire's relationship with the former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV was inappropriate. Longmire (pictured left) was put on paid administrative leave late Monday, April 13, 2009. An Oakland officer with deep investigative experience said, based on what he knows about Longmire's actions, that dismissal from the force is warranted. "Those are firing offenses. Everyone in the department knew there was a lot wrong with how this case was investigated," the officer said. "Not putting the tracking information in his notes" was a significant problem, the officer said. "That clearly showed that (Bey IV) was involved by driving [Devaughndre] Broussard to Bailey's house hours before the killing." Documents also showed that Longmire interfered in a 2005 investigation of Bey IV for ransacking two liquor stores. Bey IV eventually pleaded guilty. The gun used to kill Bailey was stolen from one of the stores. Longmire apparently did not document all his contacts with Bey IV, despite being ordered to because it was widely known in the department that he was "closely associated" with the bakery and the Bey family, an officer said Tuesday. Bey IV is jailed awaiting trial on a slew of criminal charges and is now publicly accuses of ordering one of his followers, Devaughndre Broussard, to kill Bailey 20 months ago.

Media Questions

• Why was so much critical evidence that seems to point to a conspiracy to kill Bailey — a video of Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV mocking the killing, an interview of a bakery worker who said Bey IV bragged that the slaying was a testament to his power — not included in lead detective Sgt. Derwin Longmire's case notes as required by department policy? • Why did Longmire's case notes not include information from a tracking device that showed Bey IV was outside Bailey's apartment seven hours before the killing? • Were Longmire's mistakes intentional to protect his friend Bey IV as Bey IV himself bragged on a secretly recorded police video? Or were they symptomatic of how badly broken the department is? • Can authorities win a conviction with the only person charged in the killing, bakery handyman Devaughndre Broussard, confessing to multiple murders committed out of misguided loyalty to Bey IV? Will authorities ever be able to charge anyone else in connection with Bailey's death? • What will the fallout be from media's published revelations that Oakland has the lowest homicide clearance rate in the state for a city of its size and that police leaders are unable to even agree on statistics? • How much confidence, if any, should Oakland residents have that public accountability will emerge from the state and local investigations of Longmire's handling of the Bailey case and how his bosses, Lt. Ersie Joyner III and Deputy Chief Jeff Loman, supervised his work? An Attorney who represents the officers (Mike Rains) denies Longmire or Joyner did anything wrong. The media also reported in October 2008 that Longmire repeatedly talked to Bey IV (pictured left - center) in jail by phone at last year. His case notes, in which the department procedure manual requires the recording of significant events, contain no entries since January 2008. The calls were made months later. Sgt. Derwin Longmire's phone calls with jailed former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV as well as separate allegations that Bey IV provided women to Longmire for sexual favors are being investigated. Late last year, a confidential informant told investigators from the Alameda County District Attorney's Office that Bey IV bragged in jail that Longmire was a "sympathizer" to the bakery, and Bey IV said he provided women to Longmire for sexual favors. The informant also claimed that Bey IV said he ordered Bailey killed. Longmire spoke with Bey IV at least twice last year in a three-way conversation with Bey IV's common-law wife, who had received calls from Bey IV at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. In one late night call in June 2008, Longmire told Bey IV they had always "gotten along like brothers should," even as Longmire investigated Bailey's (pictured left) killing and that their friendship would endure. After that call, Bey IV told his wife that Longmire "ain't tripping" over news stories questioning why he wasn't charged in the Bailey case. Longmire, he said, "should come be my bodyguard. I'd pay him more." The calls were never mentioned in Longmire case notes of his investigation into Bailey's killing — a killing Bey IV is suspected of ordering. In numerous jailhouse calls obtained by The Chauncey Bailey Project, Bey IV frequently mentions Longmire, sometimes calling him "LM," and urges his wife to call and send text messages to the sergeant. In one instance in June, the day that reporters from The Chauncey Bailey Project interviewed him in jail, Bey IV told his wife to prepare a written statement about the Bailey case, but to fax it to Longmire when it was finished. "Call LM so he can have it," Bey IV said. When his wife referred to the sergeant as Longmire, Bey IV snapped, "I said LM for a reason. If I want to say his name, I'll say his name." Jail calls are automatically recorded. A retired Boston police lieutenant who now teaches criminology at Boston University said it is "unprecedented' and "malfeasance" that a homicide investigator would be having conversations with a jailed suspect and his family. "They are looking at this guy (Bey IV) for complicity in a murder," said Thomas Nolan. "There is clearly an association" between Bey IV and Longmire. "There is something to hide here," Nolan said. In one phone call, Longmire said he would defend his friendship with Bey IV — charged with multiple felonies — despite criticism.
Before Broussard's confession, Longmire left Bey IV alone with Broussard for seven minutes, not recording their conversation. Bey IV was later secretly taped saying he ordered Broussard to take blame for the killing and that Longmire was protecting him from charges.

The Confession

Devaughndre Broussard (pictured left) described in detail how he carried out orders from the leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery to kill Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey, including specific instructions to fire enough rounds to make sure "it ain't no coming back." The 21-year-old former handyman for the bakery chillingly and nonchalantly took prosecutor Chris Lamiero step by step March 23 and 24, 2009 through the events surrounding the slayings of the Oakland Post editor and another man. Both shootings, he said, were ordered by Yusuf Bey IV, the leader of the bakery, a now-defunct black empowerment group. Bey, said Broussard, was closely involved in the planning of Bailey's slaying, even going over details with Broussard and another man from the bakery of how the journalist could be killed as the three talked outside Bailey's Oakland apartment. Broussard gave his version of the killing and events before and afterward as part of an agreement under which he will plead guilty to two counts of voluntary manslaughter in exchange for a 25-year sentence and a promise to testify against Bey, 23. He is expected to testify next week before a grand jury that is considering whether Bey should be charged in the slaying of Bailey, 57, who was shot repeatedly on a downtown Oakland street as he walked to work Aug. 2, 2007. On the order of Yusuf Bey IV, Devaughndre Broussard and Antoine Mackey in July 2007 lured a homeless man to a dark corner where he was shot dead after raising his hands over his head, according to a statement Broussard gave prosecutors last month. Broussard told Lamiero that Bey ordered him to follow and then kill Odell Roberson, a transient drug addict who was the uncle of the man ultimately convicted of killing Bey's brother, Antar Bey, in a botched robbery in October 2005. For weeks, Broussard said, Bey IV, then the leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery, told him to follow the man, Odell Roberson, in preparation for killing him. The reason, he said, was revenge for the 2005 killing of Bey IV's brother, Antar Bey, by Roberson's nephew, Alonza Phillips. On the night of July 8, 2007, Broussard, Mackey and Bey IV were "talking and chopping it up" when Bey IV suddenly gave the order: Roberson's time was up. Broussard told investigators from the Alameda County District Attorney's Office that he took Roberson to a dark spot on Herzog Street, where Mackey passed him an assault rifle, according to a transcript of the interview. "I took the safety off and pointed it at him," Broussard said. "He tried to break. I'm like, stop, then he turned around and put his hands up and I (shot) him. "... Then he probably turned and I know I just kept hitting him. "... His body hopped off the ground and moved a couple of inches." In addition to detailing the slayings of Bailey and Roberson, Broussard said in the interview that Bey IV kept a "hit list" of people he wanted killed for "revenge, retribution." Broussard said that Bey IV also told him to be ready to kill others in Phillips' family in retribution for the slaying of Antar Bey — plans that were still being developed when police raided the bakery Aug. 3, 2007, the day after Bailey was killed. Broussard also told investigators that Mackey told him he shot and killed Wills. Broussard said he was at the bakery and heard shots. Moments later, Mackey and Bey IV rushed in. Broussard said he followed Mackey to his room where Mackey described the killing. "He said the dude tried to run and then he shot him," Broussard said, adding that Mackey was laughing and described himself as the cartoon character Elmer Fudd out hunting. "I ran over there and I went to look" at where the killing happened a few blocks from the bakery. "Yusuf was like, 'Go look for yourself.'"‰" Broussard said he dressed in jogging clothes so he could claim he was exercising if police stopped him. As he neared Wills' body, he said he heard a woman yell, "Somebody killed that boy! Somebody killed that boy!" Wills apparently was a random target chosen because he was white, according to the Broussard's account. Broussard said Mackey told him he and Bey IV were discussing the 1970 Zebra Killings in San Francisco, in which African-Americans had killed whites, when they saw Wills, a chef who lived nearby, who was walking home from a convenience store after finishing work. A few days later, Broussard said Bey IV "said we got a devil. "... He was cocky like." Both Bey IV and his late father, bakery founder Yusuf Bey, have often referred to whites as "devils" while preaching. Lt. Ersie Joyner (pictured left), who supervised Longmire's investigation of Bailey's killing, and Deputy Chief Jeffrey Loman, face discipline for not properly supervising the Bailey case. At the time of Bailey's killing, Loman was a captain in charge of the Criminal Investigation Division. Joyner reported to him. The two were former homicide-unit partners. Sources said the two men and Longmire are close personal friends. A female sergeant has filed a sexual harassment complaint against Deputy Police Chief Jeff Loman. Loman (pictured left) has been put on leave with pay pending the outcome of an investigation involving sexual harassment. Loman's lawyer said her client did nothing wrong. "There is no truth to any of the allegations," said Alison Berry Wilkinson, a San Rafael attorney. "And we are looking forward to an exoneration."

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