Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Murder of Reporter Chauncey Bailey by Accused "Black Muslim Bakery Members" Defended by Joe Waller's UHURU Movement, Murder Trial Starts March 21st.

OAKLAND — Lawyers wrapped up months of pretrial wrangling in the prosecution of two men charged with murdering journalist Chauncey Bailey and two others Monday, all but assuring that opening statements will begin after the seating of a jury March 21, 2011.

Superior Court Judge Thomas Reardon scheduled no further court dates until 12 jurors and five alternates are selected from a pool of 109 people in two weeks. The defendants, former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV and Antoine Mackey, both 25, lost motions Monday as Reardon steered the case forward after denying a change of venue motion late last month.

Monday, the judge ruled that prosecutor Melissa Krum can use as evidence a sawed-off Remington shotgun found under Mackey’s bed when police raided the bakery on Aug. 3, 2007. It was loaded with the same type and brand of shells that were found in Bey IV’s bedroom, she said.

It was not the gun that confessed killer Devaughndre Broussard used to kill Bailey on Aug. 2, 2007, but the ammunition was similar. “The point is these are shared guns and ammunition doled out by Bey (IV) and it ties everyone together in one group,” Krum said, asserting that Mackey and Broussard “were the go-to guys, the hitters,” in Bey IV’s organization.

Mackey’s lawyer, Gary Sirbu, argued against admitting the gun simply because of where it was found or the types of shells in it. “There’s not enough to tie it in,” he said. “The weapon only shows how common they were in the compound. There were weapons everywhere.”

Bey IV is charged with ordering Bailey killed to stop publication of what he perceived would be a negative story Bailey was writing about the bakery for the Oakland Post, where he was editor. He is also charged with ordering two other men, Odell Roberson and Michael Wills, killed in the summer of 2007.

Broussard, a self-described Black Muslim soldier who told a grand jury in 2009 that Bey IV promised to teach him how to get rich through fraud in exchange for killings, has admitted shooting Bailey and Roberson. He also testified that Mackey helped him commit both murders and that Mackey bragged about killing Wills, also on Bey IV’s order.

In exchange for his testimony, Broussard is to receive a 25-year sentence. Sirbu and Bey IV’s lawyer have said the case hinges on Broussard’s credibility, which they have promised to attack aggressively. Also Monday, Reardon declined to involve himself in where Bey IV would be jailed during the trial. Bey IV wants to be housed in Oakland rather than Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, MORE FROM THIS SOURCE.....

Chauncey Bailey’s Murder Must Not Be Used to Attack the African Community!  On Thursday, August 2nd 2007, journalist Chauncey Bailey was fatally gunned down on the streets of downtown Oakland as he was on his way to work as the newly appointed editor of the Oakland Post.

The police raided Your Black Muslim Bakery as well as residences in North Oakland, arresting several people, including 19 year old Devaughndre Broussard, whom the police immediately claimed to be the shooter. OPD alleged that Broussard had confessed to killing Bailey because he "was angry that  Bailey was researching the bakery's finances."

The Uhuru Movement Keeps Black Power Alive; Oakland is the city that gave birth to the Black Panther Party, a people’s organization founded in 1966 by Huey P. Newton. "The Black Panther Party challenged the brutality of the Oakland Police Department" and built independent do-for-self programs that exposed the colonial reality of African people inside the U.S., espousing black political power as the solutionMeetings are held every Thursday at the Uhuru Solidarity Center, 1601 - 2nd Ave, Oakland (near East 18th).

BLACK PANTHERS TERRORISM; The Black Panther party had a specific platform laid out in 10 points. It included goals such as: "We want power to determine the destiny of our black and oppressed communities," and: "We want land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice and peace." In the long term, the group aimed rather vaguely at a revolutionary overthrow of the white-dominated status quo and black power. But they had no more concrete platform for governing.

Notable events & attacks:

•May 2, 1967: About 30 armed Black Panther members entered the California legislature to protest consideration of outlawing the right of private citizens to bear arms. There was no violence, but the spectacle is well remembered and brought the group into public light..

•1967-1968: A number of shootouts between Black Panther members and the police, leave a number of both parties dead

•April 6, 1968: An armed confrontation between Black Panthers and police led to a 90 minute confrontation at a building housing Panthers. Eventually, the Panthers surrendered. Over the course of the day, at least four policemen were wounded and one killed. One Panther member, Bobby Hutton, was killed by the police and seven others were arrested.

•December 4, 1969: Another well-remembered instance of violence was instigated by the FBI, which provided the information needed to raid the Illinois Black Panther Party head's apartment. Two members of the Black Panthers were killed by gunfire. The event is remembered partly for the disproportionate firing: evidence revealed later that the police fired up to 99 bullets, while the Panthers may have shot one. It is also remembered because information required for the break-in was obtained by an FBI infiltrator in a period when surveillance of the domestic group had been approved.

Bill Warner Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM.