Chauncey Bailey Project

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Commentary: Oakland’s top badges need to explain themselves

For the past 16 months, Oakland police officials have led us to believe that Chauncey Bailey’s murder was just a question of unfortunate timing. But now, The Chauncey Bailey Project — a coalition of news organizations that has done a far better job of investigating the journalist’s killing than the Police Department — has uncovered new information suggesting police officials have been less than forthright.

Dellums calls for expanded probe of police handling Bailey case

Dellums calls for expanded probe of police handling Bailey case

OAKLAND — Mayor Ron Dellums on Tuesday called for an expansion of the state investigation into the Police Department’s handling of journalist Chauncey Bailey’s slaying to include the delay in the raid of Your Black Muslim Bakery.

Delayed raid likely cost Chauncey Bailey his life

Delayed raid likely cost Chauncey Bailey his life

OAKLAND — The August 2007 raid on Your Black Muslim Bakery was postponed 48 hours to accommodate the vacation schedules of two senior SWAT commanders, a delay that likely cost journalist Chauncey Bailey his life, according to police sources and a lawyer representing an officer deeply involved in planning the raid.

Bakery leader embracing guns in bakery’s criminal acts long before editor’s killing

Bakery leader embracing guns in bakery’s criminal acts long before editor’s killing

OAKLAND — Yusuf Bey IV was heavily involved in guns and gun violence well before the killing of journalist Chauncey Bailey last year — a killing he is suspected of ordering — despite his claims to police that he didn’t allow weapons at Your Black Muslim Bakery and disavowed their use.

Homicide chief, detective on Bailey case being transferred to patrol

OAKLAND – The lead detective on the Chauncey Bailey case and his immediate supervisor, both under investigation for their probe of the journalist’s killing, have each been reassigned from the police department’s homicide unit to patrol duties effective next year in what commanders said were routine transfers.

Oakland internal affairs wants state to take over Bailey probe

Oakland internal affairs wants state to take over Bailey probe

OAKLAND — Police internal affairs detectives investigating the handling of journalist Chauncey Bailey’s slaying will have state investigators present when they interview members of their department’s command staff. But the Justice Department won’t take over the whole investigation — which is apparently what Oakland internal affairs investigators wanted.

Commentary: Overseas Press Club calls for re-opening of Chauncey Bailey murder investigation

COMMENTARY – It is rare that The Overseas Press Club of America finds it necessary to speak out for freedom of the press in the United States. But the case of Chauncey Bailey, murdered editor of the Oakland Post, demands that we join the voices of so many others in calling for a fresh investigation of his murder.

State probe into police handling of journalist slaying expands

State probe into police handling of journalist slaying expands

The Oakland Police internal affairs and state Department of Justice investigations into the handling of journalist Chauncey Bailey’s killing have expanded beyond that case’s lead detective to now include two top city police officials, according to sources with knowledge of the matter. Deputy Chief Jeffrey Loman and homicide Lt. Ersie Joyner are now under investigation along with Detective Sgt. Derwin Longmire, sources said Friday.

Commentary: Oakland Police Deny Chauncey Bailey Probe Is Flawed

COMMENTARY – “Police say the probe of journalist Chauncey Bailey’s 2007 killing isn’t flawed and that the case’s lead detective, Sgt. Derwin Longmire, didn’t interfere in other felony cases involving its key suspect, even as an internal affairs investigation of him continues,” Thomas Peele, Bob Butler and Mary Fricker reported Monday for the Chauncey Bailey Project.

Commentary: Barack Obama and Chauncey Bailey

COMMENTARY – A confluence of thoughts hit me Monday: The Chauncey Bailey Project, the Oakland Tribune, the Pulitzer Prize, Oakland’s disturbing crime situation, Barack Obama, Paul Cobb, and the last time I saw Chauncey Bailey, one week before his killing. -Dave Newhouse, Bay Area News Group

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