Police: Handyman for Black Muslim Group Admits to Editor Killing

By: Michelle Locke AP
By: Michelle Locke AP

Police said Monday that a 19-year-old handyman for a Black Muslim splinter group will be charged with the murder of an Oakland journalist who was investigating the group's finances.

Devaughndre Broussard will be charged with Chauncey Bailey's murder in the next 24-36 hours, Assistant Police Chief Howard Jordan said. Broussard was one of seven people arrested in Friday's raids on Your Black Muslim Bakery and nearby houses and has confessed to fatally shooting the 57-year-old Oakland Post editor.

The raids on the bakery organization, founded nearly 40 years ago with a mission to empower Oakland's poor, capped off a yearlong investigation into an alleged series of violent crimes police said were connected to the group.

The group's 21-year-old chief executive officer, Yusuf Bey IV, son of the bakery's founder, was arrested in the raids on an outstanding assault warrant issued for an April 2006 incident in which he allegedly struck a bouncer with his BMW after being thrown out of a San Francisco strip club.

Bey pleaded not guilty last year to charges that he was the ringleader of a Black Muslim group caught by surveillance cameras in November 2005 smashing up two Oakland liquor stores for selling alcohol to the black community.

Bailey was a longtime reporter for the Oakland Tribune before becoming editor of the Post, a weekly newspaper geared toward the
Bay Area black community, earlier this year.

Witnesses said he was ambushed Thursday morning in downtown
Oakland by a man wearing a mask who shot Bailey multiple times and
then fled.

Over the weekend, community leaders gathered to mourn Bailey, whose funeral is scheduled for Wednesday, and to call for an end to
violence in the city. Seven homicides were reported in Oakland since Bailey's killing Thursday morning.

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