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EL CENTRO, CA (WCJB) ~ United States The El Centro Police Department said it's investigating a video that shows officers using force on a suspect who put several people in danger Tuesday afternoon. The video shows officers beating 23-year-old Elizardo Saenz, an El Centro resident. It also shows a K-9 police dog attacking Saenz. (Click here for video)


Oakland, CA (WCJB) ~ United States -- A sex scandal involving Oakland police officers and a then underage girl has all the makings of a TV thriller. The saga is full of twists and turns. The scandal erupted months after Officer Brendan O'Brien committed suicide. O'Brien left a note spilling the details, including names. Three Oakland officers were placed on paid leave. A source said O'Brien in his suicide note confessed to exchanging messages with a young woman who goes by the name Celeste Guap. However, the note says he did not have sexual contact with her. The same sources said she has met multiple officers. In the note, O'Brien named the officers, including one sergeant, involved in the alleged sexual misconduct with Guap. Guap is the daughter of a Oakland police dispatcher. The police investigation will look at whether Guap was under age during some of the encounters with officers. (Click here for video)


New Orleans, LA (WCJB) ~ United States -- On September 4, 2005, New Orleans police received a call from an officer at Danziger Bridge reporting gunfire. Several NOPD officers—including Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, Sgt. Robert Gisevius, Officer Anthony Villavaso, and Officer Robert Faulcon—arrived at the scene in a Budget rental truck. They proceeded to open fire with assault rifles and a shotgun on an unarmed family, the Bartholomews, who had been walking to a grocery store and were then sheltering behind a concrete barrier. 17-year-old James Brissette—a family friend—was killed, and four other people were wounded. The police shooters stated that while approaching the bridge, they had been fired on by civilians, and were forced to return fire. Homicide detective Arthur "Archie" Kaufman was made the lead investigator on the case. He was later found guilty of conspiring with the defendants to conceal evidence in order to make the shootings appear justified, including fabricating information for his official reports on the case. NOPD lieutenant Michael Lohman also encouraged the officers to "provide false stories about what had precipitated the shooting" and plant a firearm near the scene. (Click here for video)


Aiken, S.C. (WCJB) ~ United States -- A horrifying new dashcam video shows at least one white member of the Aiken, S.C. Police Department search inside a black man’s rectum for the apparent crime of being a passenger in a car with paper tags, which, it bears noting, is not a crime in the state of South Carolina. Driving a car with paper tags isn’t illegal either, as long as they aren’t expired. The car belonged to a woman named Lakeya Hicks, who had the paper tags because she had recently purchased the vehicle. Hicks’ tags weren’t expired, and a check on her license came up clean. However, the cops didn’t let her go. (Click here for video)


Brooklyn, NY (WCJB) ~ United States -- When an unmarked police car drove very close to mailman Glenn Grays in Brooklyn, Grays shouted at the car. Four plainclothes officers got out of the car and started to handcuff him. Grays initially tried to resist, and one of the officers said “Stop resisting! You’re going to get hurt if you don’t give me your fucking hands.” (Click here for video)


Fresno, CA (WCJB) ~ United States -- (Warning Graphic Video) Fresno Police shoot and kill mentally ill man within seconds of exiting their patrol vehicle! (Click here for video)


Royal Oaks, MI (WCJB) ~ United States -- Another case of police brutality in the city of Royal Oak. The man doesn't resist at all! The reason for his arrest remains unknown. It appears as if the officers wanted to rip a limb off of him! (Click here for video)


San Francisco, CA (WCJB) ~ United States (Feb. 29, 2016) -- Cops CAUGHT ON CAMERA brutally beating man. When they realize they've been FILMED they try to confiscate the camera and ID the guy recording them. WATCH the video and see how well that went for them. SPREAD THE WORD! THIS IS HOW YOU RESPOND when a VIOLENT COP tries to take your camera! CALL Internal Affairs Division, 415-837-7170 and ask them why their officers BEAT people and then ILLEGALLY try to confiscate evidence of Police Brutality? (Click here for video)
Chowchilla, CA ~ United States -- Tyler Hormel, arrested by Madera County Sheriff''s Office on Monday (Feb. 8, 2016) and accused of sexual misconduct with a minor, has been fired from the Chowchilla Police Force, and charged with sexual misconduct. (Click here for video)
Marion County, Florida ~ United States -- A federal grand jury in Tampa has indicted a former Florida sheriff’s deputy on charges of violating the civil rights of an unarmed Black man, who was brutally beaten after surrendering to him and other officers following a brief chase last year, reports Reuters. Former Marion County sheriff’s deputy Jesse Terrell, 33, is accused of using excessive force against Derrick Price during the incident in August 2014 that was captured on video, according to the indictment handed down late Tuesday. Four of Terrell’s former colleagues pleaded guilty to the charge after accepting a deal, according to media sources. (Click here for video)
Wake County, North Carolina ~ United States -- Shon Demetrius McClain died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck 13 days after prosecutors say he got into a fight with officer Markeith Council in Wake County, North Carolina.(Click here for video)
New York ~ United States -- Opening statements and testimony began this week in the long-awaited trial of New York City police officer Peter Liang for the killing of Akai Gurley, an unarmed 28-year-old African-American man walking down the stairs in his apartment building, part of the Louis H. Pink housing projects in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Jury selection in the case was completed last week. Gurley died more than 14 months ago, on November 20, 2014, as two cops were making a “vertical patrol,” checking the stairwells in the high-rise building. As Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Marc Fliedner put it, opening the prosecution’s case, “Akai Gurley is dead today because he crossed paths with Peter Liang.” Liang was indicted by a Brooklyn grand jury on manslaughter and other charges last February, and both prosecution and defense agree on the immediate events that led to Gurley’s death.(Click here for video)
Oklahoma City, OK ~ United States -- Daniel Holtzclaw has officially been sentenced for the rape and sexual assault of 13 Black women in Oklahoma. Will serve the rest of his life behind bars. He was sentenced to 263 years in prison. Holtzclaw, 29, was convicted in December of 2015, on 18 of the 36 counts he had been facing — including four counts of first-degree rape. (Click here for video)

United States -- Police officers physically outmatched by a combative male, resort to taser use. (Click here for video)

Chicago, IL -- Surveillance video (Click here for video) in connection with a Chicago police officer's fatally shooting 17-year-old Cedrick Chatman was released today by attorneys for the teen's family. A federal judge ordered the release of footage showing the 2013 shooting today after the city withdrew its objection to its being made public. Chicago police officer Kevin Fry fatally shot Chatman Jan. 7, 2013, in broad daylight during a foot chase, according to court records. Chatman’s family had fought for the video to be released as part of a wrongful death lawsuit they filed over the shooting against the city, Fry and Chicago police officer Lou Toth, who pursued Chatman along with Fry during the foot chase. Family members have argued the video will counter the city and police’s narrative that the 17-year-old was a danger to police. IPRA concluded the officers' actions were justified because they reasonably believed Chatman was armed at the time.

Brooklyn, NY -- A newly-released surveillance video (Click here for video) contradicts an undercover NYPD police officer who arrested four people in Brooklyn for allegedly trying to rob him on Dec. 26, 2015, according to a defense lawyer. Jean Scott, 33; Peterson Duplan, 28; Ricardi Joseph, 29; and Samantha Dabel, 24, said that they were approached by a man who tried to buy drugs from them at a hardware store. The undercover cop was identified as Winston McDonald, who testified in court that Duplan allegedly flashed a switchblade at him outside of the store, and said, "Give me your money or I will stab you," according to court papers.

Forth Worth, TX -- The mother of ‘affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch was ordered released from a Tarrant County jail cell after a bond hearing this afternoon. She may be leaving the jail soon. Judge Wayne Salvant ordered her bond reduced to $75,000 with several conditions. The conditions include weekly visits with the Community Supervisions and Corrections Department of Tarrant County. She is also not to consume alcoholic beverages or use social media. “Let’s look at it for what it is, I understand everyone is concerned and there is outrage in the community… but as a judge I have to look at the law,” said Judge Salvant. Couch and her lawyers were present at a 2 p.m. bond hearing at the Tarrant County Justice Center hoping to have her bond reduced. It was originally set at $1 million since she was charged with Hindering Apprehension of a Felon. (Click here for video)

Salt Lake City, Utah -- Exactly one year after a man was shot and killed during an altercation with a Salt Lake City Police Department officer, a former Davis County Sheriff says new video (Click here for video)footage indicates the officer's actions may not have been justified. James Barker, 42, was shot and killed January 8, 2015 after officer Matthew Taylor responded to a 911 call about a suspicious person and an altercation ensued, during which Barker appeared to strike the officer with a snow shovel.

Philadelphia, PA ~ USA -- Corrupt Justice™ has obtained a video (Click here for video) of the police shooting that took place Thursday night at 60th and Spruce streets. Edward Archer, a 30-year-old Delaware County man who has allegedly claimed an allegiance to ISIS, shot and wounded Officer Jesse Hartnett at 11:41 p.m. last night, city police said. Stunningly, Hartnett can be seen in the video getting out of his patrol car and chasing down the shooter after being ambushed. Officials say Hartnett is in critical but stable condition.

Miami, FL ~ USA -- A Florida jury began weighing on Tuesday whether a man who killed his wife and posted a photo of her blood-spattered, lifeless body on Facebook committed first-degree murder. Attorneys for Derek Medina, 33, argued that he was acting in self-defense when he fired eight shots at Jennifer Alfonso, 27, in the kitchen of their Miami-area residence. The August 2013 shooting followed a fight in which she had threatened to leave, prosecutors said during closing statements. They argued that Medina retrieved a .380-caliber pistol from his bedroom and pulled the trigger repeatedly in a premeditated act of murder. "Every single shot hit her because he was aiming and he wanted her dead," said Assistant State Attorney Leah Klein in Miami-Dade County circuit court. Medina wrote on Facebook shortly before turning himself in: "I'm going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife. My wife was punching me, and I am not going to stand any more with the abuse so I did what I did," he added in the post. (Click here for video)

Montgomery County, Pa. -- Bill Cosby, the comedian and entertainer once known as “America’s dad”, appeared in court (Click here for video) to face his first criminal charge for sexual misconduct on Wednesday, for an incident in which he allegedly drugged and violated a woman who considered him to be her mentor. In a hearing lasting less than 10 minutes, Judge Elizabeth McHugh read out the three second-degree felony charges of aggravated indecent assault. He did not appear visibly moved; when asked if he understood the charges, he replied simply: “Yes.” Bail was set at $1m, of which Cosby will have to pay 10% on Wednesday. Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison for each charge.

San Diego, CA -- (WARNING, GRAPHIC) Police officials released surveillance video (Click here for video) Tuesday showing the fatal shooting of a homeless man who was believed to be carrying a knife — which turned out to be a pen.

Los Angeles, CA -- Sheriff Deputies accused Noel Aguilar of having a gun after they shot him in the back at point blank range multiple times. Deputy Albert Murade was shot in the stomach during the melee by his partner Deputy Jose Ruiz. (Click here for video)

GIFFORD, Fla. -- An Indian River County Sheriff’s deputy is in the hospital with a gunshot wound after he was involved in a shootout with an armed suspect.(Click here for video)

Denton, TX ~ USA -- Police dash camera video (Click here for video) appears to show a 21-year-old UNT student say "shoot me" several times and an officer say "back away" at least six times just seconds before the student was fatally wounded.

Lynwood, CA ~ USA -- A witness's graphic video (Click here for video) appears to show Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies fatally shooting a man near a gas station in Lynwood. It was unclear what led to the incident, in which more than two dozen shots seemed to be fired. No deputies were injured. In accordance with protocol, a multi-agency investigation was underway.

Oklahoma City OK ~ USA -- A former Oklahoma City police officer was convicted Thursday of 18 of the 36 counts he faced, including four counts of first-degree rape, related to accusations that he victimized 13 women on his police beat in a minority, low-income neighborhood. Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, sobbed (Click here for video) as the verdict was read aloud. He could spend the rest of his life in prison based on the jury's recommendations, which include a 30-year sentence on each of the first-degree rape counts. Among the other charges he was convicted of were forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery and second-degree rape. The jury, which deliberated for about 45 hours over four days, recommended he serve a total of 263 years in prison. The judge will decide later whether he will have to serve the sentences consecutively.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- The Chicago police, facing almost daily protests and a newly announced Justice Department investigation, released footage (Click here for video) Monday night showing a 38-year-old black man being shocked by a Taser and dragged down a hallway by officers in 2012.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- The family of Ronald "Ronnieman" Johnson has ALWAYS said that he was brutally shot from behind by the Chicago Police. This new video (Click here for video) which was only released because of the public pressure on the city, shows they were right all along.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- Reports, released by the city late Friday, show that Officer Jason Van Dyke and at least five other officers claim that the 17-year-old McDonald moved or turned threateningly toward officers, even though the video (Click here for video) of the October 2014 shooting shows McDonald walking away, and the scenario sketched out by Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez in charging Van Dyke with murder contends he was walking away as well.

Miami, Fla. ~ USA -- A shocking video (Click here for video) captured by a bystander was recently uploaded to Instagram and sent to us this morning. That footage shows a Miami, Florida man being shot and killed by Miami Beach Police officers.

San Francisco, CA ~ USA -- Shocking San Francisco Police Shooting Video (Click here for video). Five officers unleash a hail of gunfire on a man with a knife.

Michigan ~ USA -- The family of an unarmed teenager fatally shot by an Eaton County Sheriff Deputy sues after son slain during traffic stop for flashing brights. Bodycam video (Click here for video) shows Deven Guilford stopped for flashing his high beams. It ends with a dizzying tumble of images and the sound of gunshots that killed the young driver.

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FEDERAL BRIBERY!


June 8, 2011

SANTA ANA, California – An Inland Empire police officer and an Orange County criminal defense attorney were taken into custody this morning by special agents with the FBI on federal bribery charges. Rialto Police Officer Aaron Scott Vigil, 41, of Highland, and criminal defense attorney Lawrence Anthony Witsoe, 67, of Mission Viejo, surrendered to the FBI after being named in a three-count indictment that was returned by a federal grand jury on June 1, 2011.

The indictment, which was unsealed this morning, alleges that Vigil, who served as a task force officer with the Drug Enforcement Administration, agreed to accept a $2,500 bribe in exchange for falsely telling the Orange County District Attorney’s Office that a criminal defendant being represented by Witsoe was a co-operator who had provided information to the DEA. The indictment charges both men with two counts – conspiracy and soliciting and accepting a bribe by a public official. Witsoe alone is charged with bribery of a public official. Both men are expected to be arraigned this afternoon in United States District Court.

According to the indictment, the bribery scheme began in the fall of 2009 when Witsoe told a client who was facing assault charges in Orange County Superior Court that for a sum of money – initially $1,000, but later increased to $2,500 – Witsoe could potentially get the assault case dismissed. Witsoe told the client that he could have a DEA agent call the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, explain that the client was a DEA informant, and ask the district attorney for consideration for the work the client had performed for the DEA. Thereafter, Vigil contacted the Orange County District Attorney’s Office on several occasions and explained that Witsoe’s client had provided reliable information regarding drug traffickers and that his cooperation led to the DEA seizing $110,000 in drug money, according to the indictment. When the district attorney dismissed the case, Witsoe instructed the client to wire the $2,500 to his client trust account, and Witsoe then wrote a check to the ex-wife of an associate of Vigil.

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. If they are convicted of the counts in which they are charged, Vigil faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in federal prison, and Witsoe faces a maximum sentence of 35 years in prison.

The case against Vigil and Witsoe was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which received the full cooperation of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.


Long-mired!




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Posted: 07/17/2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Updated: 07/17/2011 04:44:12 PM PDT


Two inquiries into an Oakland police detective's questionable investigation of journalist Chauncey Bailey's 2007 murder were so flawed that commanders couldn't determine what happened and dropped efforts to fire him, legal documents show. Charges against Sgt. Derwin Longmire related to the Bailey case eventually led to determinations of "not sustained" -- meaning they couldn't be proved or disproved -- and he was never disciplined for that case, according to depositions in Longmire's federal discrimination lawsuit against the city of Oakland. But police commanders didn't tell Longmire of their decision not to fire him while he remained on paid leave for five additional months, a period he claims was unfair and caused him stress, damage to his reputation and anxiety over how he would support his family if he lost his job.

The revelations contained in the depositions provide the clearest picture to date of the Oakland Police Department's handling of the controversy surrounding Longmire and his alleged ties to Yusuf Bey IV, convicted last month of ordering Bailey's murder. But the picture remains incomplete, because many details of the department's inquiries still have not been made public. The depositions themselves provide only a sketch of a detective whose supervisors clearly suspected him of malfeasance. Assistant Chief Howard Jordan, a defendant in the suit, said in a deposition that Longmire was not told of the determination because he was under a separate internal investigation for sloppy work in 10 other, unrelated homicide cases -- charges that were found to be true and eventually resulted in a six-day unpaid suspension.

Longmire (pictured left) argues that the department was trying to get him to sign an agreement that he wouldn't sue before he returned to work, which he rejected. He returned to work in December 2009 and is now assigned to the patrol division. The lawsuit claims he was a victim of racial discrimination; that his First Amendment rights were violated through retaliation against him for complaining about violations that occurred during the probe; and that police managers leaked information of the probe to the media in violation of state law and Longmire's privacy rights. He filed a separate suit this month in state court also containing a First Amendment claim, as well as a claim that he was discriminated against because police officials thought he was a Black Muslim, which he said he wasn't.

He was accused of compromising the Bailey investigation because of his relationship with Bey IV, the former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader who now awaits sentencing to life in prison without parole eligibility. Both the city's consultant and the state Department of Justice concluded Longmire compromised the case, but police commanders testified their reports were sloppy and incomplete, according to the depositions made public by media sources. Neither report has been released.

Jordan testified that Internal Affairs Lt. Sean Whent -- also a defendant in the lawsuit -- told him the reports were flawed but contained enough evidence to uphold firing Longmire. Whent testified in his deposition, and wrote in an April 2009 memo, that the decision was Jordan's.

In his own deposition, Longmire said Jordan has a deep bias against him and wanted him fired to advance his own career. Longmire also insisted he did nothing wrong in the Bailey case and didn't have an inappropriate relationship with Bey IV. A departmentwide gag order in effect for more than three years meant "I couldn't say anything in my own defense," Longmire said in his deposition.

The gag order is now gone, but Longmire declined to be interviewed for this story, as did lawyers in the Oakland City Attorney's office who represent the city and police commanders. Longmire testified that he has suffered a "a tremendous cost of respect" and likely has lost out on a chance at a post-retirement job as a District Attorney's Office inspector, which he estimated would have paid him $600,000 in his first five years. He is seeking unspecified damages.

"My name is an absolute lightning rod now," he said in his deposition. "I am not an obscure figure. I am in the community both where I live and where I work. So people recognize and see me."

Rumors swirled for years within the department that Longmire had too-friendly ties to the Bey family and the bakery. Still, former homicide unit commander Erise Joyner has steadfastly stood by his call to have Longmire investigate the Aug. 2, 2007, slaying of Bailey, the Oakland Post's editor, which almost immediately was tied to the bakery.

Devaughndre Broussard, a bakery follower, confessed to the killing only after Longmire put him in a room alone with Bey IV for a seven-minute unrecorded conversation, during which he later claimed Bey IV ordered him to take sole blame for the killing. Broussard later recanted and then admitted killing Bailey on the order of Bey IV. He struck a deal for a 25-year prison term in exchange for testifying against Bey IV and bakery member Antoine Mackey. After Broussard's confession, efforts to tie Bey IV to the slaying slowed. In the depositions, Joyner testified that then-District Attorney Tom Orloff twice rejected efforts to charge Bey IV in the killing because he was facing separate kidnapping and torture charges that carried a mandatory life sentence. Bey IV, meanwhile, was repeatedly recorded in jail saying that Longmire was protecting him. Orloff didn't return a call seeking comment for this story.

In April 2008, the detective assigned to the torture case, Jesse Grant, complained to internal affairs that Longmire had interfered in his investigation. He said Longmire had spoken to his suspects without his permission and tried to get bakery computers that had been seized returned to the Beys. Longmire said in his deposition that he didn't even know a kidnapping had occurred or that Bey IV was a suspect. Grant, he said, "has a problem with Black males," which Longmire argued was a possible motive for the complaint against him. He went on to testify that Grant told staff at the District Attorney's Office that he was a Black Muslim. Grant, now a Berkeley police officer, did not return a message seeking a response.

Others in the department also voiced concern that Longmire was widely believed to be a Black Muslim and bakery associate. Among them, Whent and Deputy Chief Jeffrey Israel testified, was intelligence unit Officer Andre Rachal, the department's expert on the bakery. Longmire testified that when he was Rachal's intelligence unit supervisor, Rachal wouldn't give him information on the bakery because of that concern. That perception, Longmire claimed, was because of his race, patronage of the bakery and the fact he often wore a bow tie -- often associated with Black Muslims -- to work. But that, he said, was simply a fashion choice, because he thought bow ties made him appear distinguished.

Trying to preserve a perception of objectivity, the department farmed out its internal affairs investigation of Longmire to Wendell "Pete" France, a former Baltimore police commander and internal affairs consultant. The California Department of Justice, at the request of then-Mayor Ron Dellums, ran a simultaneous, separate probe. Both reports arrived scant days before a deadline set by state law -- one year after Grant's complaint -- by which the top brass had to decide whether to discipline Longmire. The depositions show a widespread dissatisfaction with the reports and no time to ask the authors to strengthen them.

Israel testified that France's report had "no discussion and analysis, no credibility assessments. Pete France came to a conclusion that is simply not supported. "... He didn't follow up with what I thought were some pretty loose ends that needed to be followed up on." Joyner, who as Longmire's supervisor was also a subject of the probes, was more blunt about France. He testified that he "just thought it was kind of ironic that an individual who was investigating a poor investigation by Longmire did even a more poor investigation himself."

France, now a Maryland prison commissioner, wrote in an email he has "no authorization to release any documents, nor do I have an interest in responding" to the depositions. The state Department of Justice in 2009 said it stood by its report; a spokeswoman this week declined to comment, calling it "a personnel issue."

Yet, despite criticism of the reports, Jordan quickly placed Longmire on paid suspension and began the process of firing him. Jordan also approved France's finding that Longmire had disobeyed Joyner's order to document all contacts with bakery members; Joyner testified that he provided computer records showing Longmire's compliance with that order.

Three months after Jordan suspended Longmire, Capt. Anthony Toribio conducted a hearing at which Longmire could respond to the allegations. Toribio within days of the hearing told Jordan he didn't believe the charges against Longmire could be sustained, a recommendation that usually would end such a case and let the subject return to work. Still, Longmire was kept on leave -- and in the dark about Toribio's recommendation -- for five more months.

Longmire Testifies!


April 14, 2011



OAKLAND — The lead police investigator into the shooting death of journalist Chauncey Bailey explained publicly for the first time Thursday why he did not record what later came to be seen as a crucial, private meeting between two men being questioned in connection with the 2007 killing.

Testifying in Bailey’s murder trial, Oakland Police Sgt. Derwin Longmire said he had no way of secretly recording the six-minute meeting between the prime suspect in the killing, Devaunghdre Broussard, and Yusuf Bey IV, the leader of Your Black Muslim Bakery who Broussard considered his spiritual leader.

Broussard, Longmire said, “had asked for privacy. It didn’t seem reasonable to me to leave a recording device.”

The police substation where Broussard and Bey IV were being interrogated wasn’t equipped with built-in recording devices, Longmire testified, adding that if he had left a recorder in plain sight it would have been as if he were in room listening to the conversation.

After Bey IV emerged from the meeting, Broussard told investigators he acted alone when he shot Bailey as the Oakland Post editor walked to work on the morning of Aug. 2, 2007. Broussard now says Bey IV ordered the killing to stop Bailey from writing an article about the bakery’s financial trouble, and that Bey IV used the private meeting to pressure him to take the blame, saying the moment was a test from God.

That explanation was one of the few things Longmire talked about in his long-anticipated appearance in Bey IV and co-defendant Antoine Mackey’s triple murder case. Bey IV and Mackey have pleaded not guilty to murder charges in connection with Bailey’s death and the unrelated shooting deaths of two other men, Odell Roberson and Michael Wills, in summer 2007.

Longmire’s testimony was cut short following a 30-minute conference in Judge Thomas Reardon’s chambers after Bey IV’s lawyer, Gene Peretti, objected to a line of questioning from prosecutor Melissa Krum.

Krum asked Longmire about a conversation about the bakery he had in 2003 with then Police Chief Richard Word. Peretti claimed the question lacked relevance to the charges against Bey IV, and the judge upheld the objection after meeting with attorneys in his chambers.

Reardon did not explain in open court why he upheld the objection.

According to documents obtained by the Chauncey Bailey Project, Longmire told Word in 2003 that the bakery was a criminal enterprise and urged that action be taken to shut it down. The documents describe Word declining to act on the advice and telling Longmire to work on other investigations.

After the private hearing with the judge, Krum quickly changed directions in her questioning and finished within 10 minutes. Peretti and Mackey’s lawyer, Gary Sirbu, crossed-examined Longmire for a few minutes and the court session ended more than an hour early because Krum had no other witnesses ready to testify, anticipating a longer session with Longmire.

Much of Longmire’s testimony focused on how he came to know Bey IV and his knowledge of the bakery. Longmire said he met Bey IV in November 2005 when Bey IV showed up at a crime scene where a man had died in police custody after choking on a bag of drugs he tried to swallow.

Bakery members had videotaped the encounter, and the recording was later seized during a raid on the bakery. On the recording, which Krum played it for the jury, Bey IV could be heard called police officers “white devils” as Longmire tried to calm him.

Longmire said he told Bey IV, whose older brother Antar had recently been murdered, that he ought to be home comforting his mother and running the bakery, not “confronting police about matters he knew very little.”

Longmire also said that the first lead that the bakery was linked to Bailey’s death came from Post publisher Paul Cobb, who he said called police shortly after the shooting and said that Bailey was working on a story about the long-standing black empowerment organization.

Under cross examination by Sirbu, Longmire also denied charges from Broussard, who said Longmire grabbed and roughly squeezed his leg while interrogating him and also denied his requests for a lawyer.

Neither Peretti nor Sirbu asked Longmire any questions about his handling of the case, which lead to a state justice department investigation in 2009 and a finding that Longmire “intentionally compromised” the investigation because he was friends with Bey IV. Longmire’s lawyers have vigorously denied those claims and successfully fought Oakland Police Department attempts to dismiss Longmire.

A state justice department official, John Porbanic, led the 2009 investigation. A police internal affairs investigation reached the same conclusion. Longmire’s lawyer, Michael Rains, got the department to back down after writing a blistering critique of the state investigation, calling it inept.

The justice department then issued a written statement saying that its findings were supported by facts and standing behind Porbanic. A justice department spokesman, Jim Finefrock, said in an email Thursday the department had no comment on whether that position has changed.

Longmire sued the Oakland Police Department last year in federal court, claiming that his rights were violated, in part because a gag order prohibited him from speaking publicly about the Bailey case. All but one of his claims were thrown out. Court records show the suit has been sent to a mediator for possible settlement.

The trial resumes Monday morning. Krum said Wednesday that she has about 40 witnesses left to testify.

Lawsuit: Officers claims tossed by Judge!


July 2, 2010

A federal judge has dismissed most of a civil-rights lawsuit filed by the former Oakland homicide detective who led the highly criticized investigation of journalist Chauncey Bailey's 2007 slaying. Sgt. Derwin Longmire had claimed in his April lawsuit that the Oakland Police Department, Assistant Chief Howard Jordan and Internal Affairs Division Lt. Sean Whent violated his constitutional rights and ruined his reputation by investigating his conduct and allowing information leaks while forbidding him from clearing his own name. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White this week ruled Longmire's case is full of holes and can't be sustained by the facts presented in the complaint. He dismissed all but one of Longmire's claims, allowing Longmire the right to amend and refile his case on the others. City Attorney John Russo and Longmire's lawyers couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

Bailey was editor of the Oakland Post when he was shot to death Aug. 2, 2007. The next day, police raided Your Black Muslim Bakery on warrants from a separate investigation and found the shotgun used to kill Bailey. Hours later, Longmire let former bakery CEO Yusuf Bey IV and bakery handyman Devaughndre Broussard, both of whom were in custody, have a seven-minute, unrecorded conversation. Broussard then confessed to killing Bailey but later recanted. Broussard ultimately admitted to prosecutors in April 2009 that he killed Bailey but said he was ordered to do so by Bey IV. The Alameda County District Attorney's Office now has charged Bey IV and Antoine Mackey, a bakery associate, with Bailey's slaying and two other killings.

Longmire came under fire from critics for having too close of a relationship to Bey IV as he investigated Bailey's death. He had interceded in Bey IV's criminal cases before, and the two had numerous telephone conversations while Bey IV was in jail, including calls omitted from Longmire's case notes. White noted in his ruling this week that the first internal investigation found Longmire had compromised the Bailey case, and so he was suspended and put on paid administrative leave in April 2009. Longmire complained that the internal investigation had been faulty, and the city responded with an offer that he return to work in exchange for agreeing not to sue the city. Longmire refused to sign the release, and later was ordered to return to work and was served with a proposed 20-day suspension for alleged misconduct related to a second internal investigation of his handling of other homicide cases. Longmire received no discipline for his conduct in the Bailey case and now works as a sergeant in the patrol division, where he was transferred from homicide before he was put on leave.

In his lawsuit, Longmire claimed he was retaliated against for exercising his First Amendment free-speech rights by writing to the department in March 2009 to complain about the internal affairs officer investigating him. White wrote the lawsuit doesn't establish that the letter was "constitutionally protected as opposed to a mere internal personnel grievance." Longmire also claimed Jordan and Whent violated his rights by "ratifying" leaks to the press of confidential information about Longmire's case, doing nothing to investigate those leaks but imposing a gag order to keep him from saying anything publicly to clear his name. This, too, doesn't rise to the level of a First Amendment claim, White ruled. Longmire had claimed he was investigated unfairly as a result of his perceived membership in or association with Your Black Muslim Bakery and its religious affiliation, even though he's a Christian.

But the judge said Longmire presented no claim that the city or police administrators interfered with his actual, Christian faith, or even with his hypothetical embrace of the Black Muslim faith. Anyway, White wrote, Longmire presented no precedent to show such a claim can be based on discrimination against a misperceived religious affiliation. Nor does he have a case in claiming infringement of his right to association with a group he was mistakenly associated with, White wrote: He can't claim his rights to associate with the bakery were infringed if he never actually associated with it anyway. Longmire had claimed he was deprived of his right to privacy under the Fourth and Ninth Amendments by the information leaks about the internal affairs investigation into his activities. "However, the complaint does not allege that the press improperly received information about Plaintiff's personnel records," White wrote. "The current complaint fails to state the type or content of the information disclosed in the leaks."

White wrote that Longmire claimed he was denied due process of law yet concedes he wasn't disciplined for his conduct, so there's no basis to claim he was deprived of property or liberty. "Although Plaintiff pleads elsewhere that he suffered damage to his reputation, such injury is not sufficient to support a claim for violation of due process." White did not dismiss Longmire's claim that he was denied equal protection of the law under the Fourteenth Amendment because the department's investigations of him were racially discriminatory. The judge said case law requires that the court allow such a claim to proceed.

Jury: Your Black Muslim Bakery follower guilty in kidnapping-torture case!


April 7, 2010

OAKLAND — 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."

The jury began deliberations Monday morning. Lewis testified last week that he had nothing to do with the May 17, 2007 crime and insisted that two of Bey IV's half brothers who testified against him were lying in order to frame him and divert responsibility for themselves.

Both Joshua Bey and Yusuf Bey V, who have pleaded guilty to lesser charges and agreed to testify in exchange for sentences of three and 10 years respectively, told jurors that Lewis was involved in the kidnapping.

Prosecutor Christopher Lamiero also told the jurors that testing, although not conclusively linking Lewis to the crime, showed that Lewis could not be excluded as the source of DNA found on a large knife used to cut the victim.

The victim, a woman in her forties, testified that she was handcuffed, had a garbage bag placed over her head and was beaten as her attackers demanded to know where a drug dealer —from whom she had bought cocaine — kept his money. A police officer on routine patrol rescued the woman. Bey IV and another defendant, Tamon Halfin, will be tried separately in the kidnapping case. Bey IV will first face triple-murder charges in May for allegedly ordering Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey and two other men killed in the summer of 2007.


Longmire Sues!


April 7, 2010

OAKLAND — Oakland police Sgt. Derwin Longmire (pictured above, center) 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. "My reputation has been slandered and very nearly destroyed. And I need an opportunity, a venue, in which to speak the truth." The federal civil rights lawsuit claims the department undertook a biased internal investigation to "confirm" the beliefs of Assistant Chief Howard Jordan and Acting Capt. Sean Whent, head of the Internal Affairs Division, that Longmire "compromised the Bailey investigation." It further claims a California Department of Justice investigation relied on Jordan and Whent to provide background information and also was biased. Police Department leaks to the media — including The Chauncey Bailey Project, the Oakland Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle — damaged Longmire's reputation, the lawsuit said. "I live every day with the shadow of this hanging over me," Longmire said, adding that he lives with "anxiety" and "anguish" in his home life as well as at work. The lawsuit asks for unspecified monetary damages and for injunctive relief. Alex Katz, a spokesman for City Attorney John Russo, said Russo's office wouldn't comment because it has not reviewed the lawsuit. The Police Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Longmire was placed on paid administrative leave in April 2009, and the department subsequently moved to fire him on allegations he compromised the Bailey investigation and was insubordinate. The department ultimately sent Longmire back to work after a disciplinary hearing that did not go well for the city, according to department sources familiar with the matter. Longmire is working as a sergeant in the patrol division, where he transferred from homicide before he was put on leave. He still is facing the possibility of much lesser discipline on matters unrelated to the Bailey case, but he and his lawyer declined to discuss those issues Wednesday.

Chauncey Bailey was editor of the Oakland Post when he was shot to death Aug. 2, 2007. The day after Bailey's slaying, police raided Your Black Muslim Bakery on warrants from a separate investigation of the bakery. They found the shotgun used to kill Bailey, and, hours later, Longmire let former bakery CEO Yusuf Bey IV and bakery handyman Devaughndre Broussard have a seven-minute, unrecorded conversation. Broussard then confessed to killing Bailey but later recanted.

Broussard then admitted to prosecutors in April 2009 that he killed Bailey but said he was ordered to do so by Bey IV. The Alameda County District Attorney's Office is charging Bey IV and Antoine Mackey, a bakery associate, with Bailey's slaying, as well. Longmire came under fire for having too close of a relationship to Bey IV as he investigated Bailey's death. The two had numerous telephone conversations while Bey IV was in jail, which were not included in Longmire's case notes.

Jordan, who served as acting police chief from March 1, 2009 until Oct. 19, 2009 last year, said after Longmire was put on leave that, in hindsight, he was not the right person for the case. "I thought (Longmire) was able to separate his relationship with the bakery and do his job," Jordan said April 30. "And I'm not sure about that right now." Longmire and his attorney said Wednesday that Longmire was — and continues to be — hampered by a gag order, preventing him from discussing the Bailey case publicly. Asked if he compromised the case, he said, "I did not, but I cannot speak any more on that because of the gag order that remains in place."

Sgt. Derwin Longmire


Article Last Updated: (recorded conversations between Longmire & Yusef Bey, IV) 09/04/2009 04:30:18 PM PDT

By Thomas Peele, Bob Butler and Mary Fricker, The Chauncey Bailey Project.
Article Last Updated: 10/27/2008 09:28:18 AM PDT

OAKLAND - Well before the August 2007 killing of journalist Chauncey Bailey, detective Sgt. Derwin Longmire twice interfered in felony investigations of former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV, according to police documents obtained and interviews conducted during a yearlong investigation by the Chauncey Bailey Project. In both cases, Bey IV was charged with crimes despite Longmire's actions.

In one, he continued to talk to Bey IV about one case after an investigator told him not to, according to police documents. In the other case, he tried to get evidence returned to the Bey family before it could be analyzed, said law enforcement sources familiar with the situation.

Police internal affairs detectives are now investigating Longmire's relationship with Bey IV and his work on the Bailey slaying case.

Longmire did not respond to multiple requests for an interview. Police Chief Wayne Tucker and Assistant Chief Howard Jordan rejected interview requests. Jordan and homicide unit commander Lt. Ersie Joyner have both praised Longmire in past interviews, calling him professional and ethical.

A janitor and dishwasher at the former bakery, Devaughndre Broussard, is the only person charged in Bailey's Aug. 2, 2007, killing. Longmire case notes seemingly ignore evidence linking Bey IV to a role in the killing, including data from a tracking device and cell phone records, according to a copy of those case notes that the Bailey Project obtained.

The detective's actions in the other cases in turn "raise lots of questions as to his neutrality his impartiality" in the Bailey investigation, and "whether or not he had some sort of agenda that favored the people who ran the bakery," said Peter Keane, a former San Francisco police commissioner and dean emeritus of Golden Gate University School of Law. In November 2005, when Bey IV was under investigation in the vandalism and robbery of two North Oakland liquor stores, Longmire made repeated incursions into the case even after the case's lead investigator admonished him.

He interfered in another case involving Bey IV in June 2007, when the bakery leader was under investigation by other detectives on suspicion that he led four of his followers in the kidnapping and torture of two women. After Bey IV's Aug. 3, 2007, arrest in that case, he continued to interfere in it.

"Just to (put) yourself into someone else's case without their awareness, knowledge and approval, that's a violation of (police) protocol. You just don't do that," said Thomas Nolan, a retired Boston police lieutenant who now teaches criminology at Boston University.

Keane said Longmire took on "roles that were far different from just the straightforward, professional role of an investigator impartially investigating criminal activity. He seemed - from what we can see - to have other agendas. I think he's going to have to speak to those at some point."

The liquor store

The night before Thanksgiving in 2005, shortly after he took control of the bakery after the killing of his older brother, Antar Bey, 20-year-old Yusuf Bey IV took his first public action as a leader of an institution that had for more than 30 years symbolized African-American self-reliance and militancy.

He led 10 men in suits and bow ties into two North Oakland liquor stores where they broke open beer coolers with baseball bats and smashed bottles of whiskey and other spirits on the floor.

A security camera at one of the stores taped the attack. The men also stole a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun from one of the store clerks. It was the gun that 21 months later would be used to kill Chauncey Bailey.

As part of the liquor store investigation, Oakland police Detective Dominique Arotzarena launched an aggressive search, using confidential informants who had worked at the bakery, to identify people on the video, which was shown on several newscasts.

On Nov. 27 - four days after the attack - Arotzarena wrote in his case notes that Longmire approached him about the investigation.

"He advised me that the mother of Yusuf Bey IV called him. She wanted Longmire to call him about the case," Arotzarena wrote in his case notes. "Longmire asked me what he could tell Bey IV about the case.

"I told him not to reveal any details about the case, including the possibility of Bey (IV) being a suspect," Arotzarena wrote. But Longmire didn't heed the admonishment. An hour-and-a-half later, according to Arotzarena's notes, Longmire approached him again and said he'd had another call from Bey IV's mother, Daulet Bey. Arotzarena didn't write his response to the second approach. He declined to be interviewed for this story.

But the fact that he documented Longmire's uninvited entries into the case is telling, said Nolan, the retired Boston detective who reviewed the notes.

"Obviously, there's some kind of conflict that's being memorialized here by (Arotzarena.) Something occurred that torqued (him) off . particularly when he says, 'I asked him not to reveal any details of the case,' that's a red flag to me as a former cop. "It appears as though (Longmire's) colleagues for various reasons, don't trust him." Nolan said. With Bey IV captured on surveillance video leading the vandalism, why does Longmire "want to give him any kind of consideration, as far as getting hooked for it? It doesn't make sense," Nolan said.

On Nov. 28, Arotzarena was called to a meeting with then-Capt. Jeff Loman, head of the criminal investigations division, Deputy Chief Howard Jordan and Officer Anthony Rachal. Loman told Arotzarena that Bey IV was "coming to the police department (the next day). Bey (IV) wanted to talk to the police about the vandalism," according to Arotzarena's notes. The next morning, then-Alameda Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Tabor signed warrants for the arrest of Bey IV and five others at Arotzarena's request.

Before Arotzarena could do anything with the warrants, Loman met with him again. Loman "advised me that if Bey (IV) was completely forthcoming with information, we were to release him pending review of the case with" the district attorney's office, Arotzarena wrote in his case notes.

Loman, a friend of Longmire's, did not respond to requests for an interview. Homicide unit commander Lt. Ersie Joyner described Loman in April as knowing people at the bakery much the same way Longmire did, as part of the department's efforts to get to know the community.

Shortly after Loman told Arotzarena not to arrest Bey IV, Bey IV showed up at police headquarters with Longmire, according to Arotzarena's case notes.

"I never asked Bey (IV) to come down to the police department during this investigation, Arotzarena wrote. "He came down to meet with Longmire."

The warrants were "not made public by this police department or me. Longmire organized this visit."

Bey IV immediately asked for a lawyer. It is unclear how he knew there was a warrant for his arrest.

"I never spoke to Bey (IV) nor told him that he was under arrest," Arotzarena wrote. Longmire's conduct was clearly outside of police protocol and raises serious questions about his ethics, Keane said.

"His getting involved in extraneous cases when his fellow officers and colleagues didn't want him involved raises some big questions" Keane said.

UC Berkeley law professor Charles Weisselberg said what is significant is that with Longmire arranging for Bey IV to come to the police station, Arotzarena lost control of the case.

A detective, he said, wants to be in charge of all aspects of an investigation, especially when a suspect is questioned and arrested. Because Bey IV came in with Longmire to surrender, Arotzarena "no longer had control of when (he) was going to arrest or have first contact with Bey IV."

Arotzarena "was very specific in stating that he had never asked for Bey IV to come down to the police department," Weisselberg said.

"What jumps out at me is that the investigating officer thought it was sufficiently significant or serious to include it in the case notes," Nolan said. Detectives, he said, rarely criticize colleagues in writing.

Bey IV pleaded no contest to eight felony charges in the liquor store case on July 30and is to be sentenced next year.

The kidnapping case

In spring 2007, Bey IV and four of his followers - Tamon Halfin, Richard Lewis and his half-brothers, Yusuf Bey V and Joshua Bey - are accused of kidnapping two women at gunpoint by posing as police officers and stopping their car on Interstate 580. Police say the five took the victims to an abandoned East Oakland house and tortured one of them in an attempt to extort money.

In testimony during a preliminary examination Jan. 24, one of the women described a brutal beating as she was tied to a chair, a bag over her head. She said the attackers beat her so hard she thought she'd been shot and that they threatened to violate her with a hot curling iron.

A police officer on routine patrol happened on the scene and rescued the women. Police say the five suspects escaped, but they left two cars and a cell phone at the scene. During the next several days, Joshua Bey and another follower of Yusuf Bey IV's each reported one of the cars as stolen. Police didn't buy the claims.

Within a few days, detectives asked Joshua Bey and the other follower, Kahlil Raheem, to come in voluntarily give statements about the stolen cars. The idea was to lock the two into statements that detectives already suspected were false, said an Oakland detective with knowledge of the situation.

Joshua Bey and Raheem came in at separate times. Each time, Longmire showed up and briefly entered the interrogation room where the suspect was being kept. Longmire was uninvolved in the case and did not speak to the investigative detectives first, said the Oakland detective.

It is unknown what, if anything, was said. Joshua Bey on Feb. 1 pleaded guilty to one count of kidnapping and is scheduled to testify against the others at a Superior Court trial in exchange for a reduced sentence. Raheem, who was also charged in the liquor store case, pleaded no contest in July to one count of vandalism. In exchange for a sentence of probation, he testified against the kidnapping defendants at their preliminary hearing.

Both Joshua Bey and Raheem, in brief interviews with the Bailey Project, said they didn't recall Longmire speaking to them.

When the bakery was raided Aug. 3, among the items seized were several computers. Police suspected they contained evidence of other crimes. Bey IV is also charged in a separate case with real estate fraud, including using false identities to apply for mortgages in June 2006.

Before those computers could be searched, law enforcement officials learned that Longmire was trying to get them returned to the Bey family.

Internal affairs investigators are looking at Longmire's attempt to have those computers returned. The situation was serious enough that extra provisions were taken to keep the computers safeguarded as evidence, officials said.

The Bailey Project also has learned that Longmire worked to discredit the detective who worked on the kidnapping case and was in line to join the homicide unit. That detective, Jesse Grant, left the Oakland Police Department earlier this year, taking a job with the Berkeley Police Department.

He is described by some members of law enforcement who know him as an outstanding detective about to be promoted to sergeant in Oakland at the time of his departure.

Grant declined to be interviewed. The detective said that Grant pointed out several times that he was finding evidence in the kidnapping case that was related to the Bailey case. But Longmire ignored him, the detective said, and worked to derail Grant's career in the Oakland Police Department. Grant "was blacklisted for doing the right thing," the Oakland detective with knowledge of the situation said. "He's an excellent investigator, he did a great job."

Bey IV remains incarcerated without bail at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin awaiting trial in the kidnapping case. He is also being held in nine other criminal cases, including four felonies in Alameda County, a felony assault case in San Francisco, a gun possession case in Solano County and a stolen vehicle case in Contra Costa County, according to a summary prepared in August by Alameda County Deputy District Attorney Scott Patton.

Thomas Peele is an investigative reporter for the Bay Area News Group. Bob Butler and Mary Fricker are independent journalists. Reach them at Tpeele@bayareanewsgroip.com", bobbutler7@comcast.net", and maryfricker@hughes.net"

The following reporters contributed to this story: Josh Richman of the Bay Area News Group, Will Evans of The Center for Investigative Reporting, Andrew Palma of San Francisco State University, Roland De Wolk of KTVU-TV, independent journalists Ethan Harp, Ronnie Cohen, G.W. Schultz, and Gene Durnell and student intern Marguerite Davenport.






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