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Secret Video Raises Questions About Journalist’s Murder

Posted on Jun 19, 2008

Reported by The Center for Investigative Reporting

On August 2, 2007, journalist Chauncey Bailey was gunned down in Oakland, California. Bailey was investigating Your Black Muslim Bakery, a once prominent Oakland African-American organization. The next day, Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV was arrested during a raid for a separate kidnapping case. Police placed Bey and two associates involved in the case, his brother Joshua Bey and Tamon Halfin, in a San Leandro police department room, where they were secretly videotaped.

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Bey IV has repeatedly told police he knew nothing about Bailey’s death. But, on the tape, Bey IV says he hid the gun used in the attack, and brags of playing “hella dumb” when investigators asked him about the killing.

Bey IV, 22, hasn’t been arrested or charged in connection with Bailey’s Aug. 2 slaying. Oakland Police have charged only one of his associates, Devaughndre Broussard, now 20, who claimed, at least initially, that he acted alone. The secret video raises fresh questions about Bey IV’s possible role in the crime and why police haven’t brought charges against others in the high-profile slaying, according to experts who viewed the tape at the request of the Chauncey Bailey Project.

>> Read the article in the Oakland Tribune. Similar stories are also appearing on KTVU, KGO, KQED and New America Media and in the SF Bay Guardian, Contra Costa Times and other Bay Area News Group publications.

>> Listen to CIR Executive Director Robert Rosenthal and reporter Tom Peele discuss The Chauncey Bailey Project on Forum with Michael Krasny.


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>> Van owner: I gave the keys to Bey IV

One of the key discrepancies in the case revolves around the white van Broussard said he used to get to the scene of the shooting. Documents obtained by The Chauncey Bailey Project raise questions about circumstances surrounding the van.

>> Audio: Chauncey Bailey Project reporter Bob Butler reports on the investigation.

Visit The Chauncey Bailey Project Web site for Web exclusives and links to more stories.

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By boggs, June 22, 2008 at 5:24 pm Link to this comment

The new mindset that came to USA with the Bush administration is one of pre-emption. Killing is mostly legal (and especially, journalists and black.)

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By AnAmericaninGermany, June 22, 2008 at 10:34 am Link to this comment

Incidents like this make me think the death penalty has its place.

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By savanna, June 22, 2008 at 4:52 am Link to this comment

My heart goes to the family of the the brutally mordered collegue-journalist. Besides feeling the obvious—outrage and suddness at his untimely death as well as admiration for his courage anybody must feel—I have a personal comment:
  We are all partially guilty*. And that’s because we have allowed the media to forget what is its purpose, to focuss on its bottom line and to go its own way of sellective, fragmentary, truth distorting and truth ignoring, often totally meaningless reporting, too often focusing on non—issues, leaving real issues out. I have been both a victim (unable to publish in the corporate media anything which matters. Perhaps that’s why I am still alive.)and a careful observer of this process.
  The point is that the murdered investigative reporter’s courage and integrity were exception and not the rule in this profession which most American journalists see obviously as a chance to make good money and connections and not as a calling and public service. The general public typical reluctance to get involved in fighting all kinds of societal evil is also to blame.
  Courageous lonely rangers often die an untimely, brutal death.
    So long,
  *(Of course, just like anywhere else there are exceptions from the rule. So,you—the decent, honest and courageous—don’t stone me. I don’t belong to the category of corrupt, greedy cowards. And since I don’t—I know there are many others like me. Otherwise we wouldn’t have Truthdig, would we.)

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By Dominick J., June 20, 2008 at 6:31 pm Link to this comment
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I can not believe the level of stupidity,arrogance and Age these criminals show in this video!
I certainly hope the police handle this right so these murderers don’t ever get out of prison.

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