United States - Bay Area journalists find troubling irregularities in Chauncey Bailey murder investigation



    MONTREAL, Oct. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The Chauncey Bailey Project, a
cooperative effort among San Francisco Bay Area journalists to investigate the
August 2007 murder of Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey, has revealed
important new information about the case in a series of articles posted on the
project's website, www.chaunceybaileyproject.org.
    After extensively reviewing documents with the help of legal and criminal
experts, the independent investigation concluded that Derwin Longmire, lead
detective in charge of the case, left out important information linking Yusuf
Bey IV, the head of a local community bakery, to the murder. A police tracking
device placed Bey outside Bailey's house a few hours before the murder,
something Longmire omitted from his case report.
    The investigation also found that the relationship between Bey and
Longmire, who have been friendly since 2005, was clearly a conflict of
interest. Since Bailey had been investigating the bakery at the time of his
murder, Bey should have been considered an important suspect. Instead,
Longmire brought in Bey to help obtain a confession from DeVaughndre
Broussard, a bakery employee.
    Broussard confessed to carrying out the murder alone but subsequently
retracted. Telephone records also show that Bey and Longmire have contacted
each other many times since the murder. The Alameda County district attorney's
office has begun its own investigation to determine if there was a conspiracy
to murder Bailey.




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For further information: Katherine Borlongan, Executive Director,
Reporters Without Borders Canada, (514) 521-4111, rsfcanada@rsf.org

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