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Confession in the Killing of Chauncey Bailey

There’s been a confession in the killing of Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey:

OAKLAND — In his confession to police, 19-year-old Devaughdre Broussard told detectives he considered himself “a good soldier” when he shot and killed journalist Chauncey Bailey for writing negative stories about Your Black Muslim Bakery, where Broussard was a member and worked as a handyman, authorities said.
Broussard, who also uses the spelling Brossard, was formally booked Saturday on suspicion of murder. He was already on probation for a robbery conviction in San Francisco, and also had a pending case on charges of assault with a firearm from a 2006 San Francisco incident. In addition, there was a failure-to-appear warrant out for his arrest in that case.
He was taken into custody Friday along with six other people in an early morning police raid on the bakery and affiliated buildings as a result of a two-month police investigation. Broussard had been staying at one of the raided houses on 59th Street, its rear yard connecting to the bakery property. At the house, police recovered the shotgun they believe was used to kill Bailey, the 57-year-old editor of the Oakland Post newspaper.
One of those arrested in the raid was Yusuf Bey IV, son of the bakery’s founder, the late Black Muslim leader Yusuf Bey. Bey IV was booked Saturday on a $375,000 warrant out of San Francisco stemming from an incident in which he allegedly ran over a security guard at a strip club. His brother, Joshua Bey, and two others arrested in Friday’s raids, are being held in connection with the July 19 kidnapping and assault of a woman.

“Good soldier” needs more than a little follow up, in light of the history of this group:

In November 2005, several group members, including Yusuf Bey IV, were accused of vandalism and other charges in connection with the trashing of liquor cases at convenience stores. Police said at the time that the group’s religious opposition to alcohol was behind the incidents, according to media reports.

And here’s an excerpt from NY Times coverage of the 2005 incident (Times Select req.):

Store Attacks Set Off Strife Within Islam

By CAROLYN MARSHALLThe authorities charged two men on Thursday with felony hate crimes, vandalism and false imprisonment in connection with attacks last week on two liquor stores owned by Muslims of Arab descent.
One of the men, Yusuf Bey IV, 19, is the son of a prominent black Muslim leader who founded Your Black Muslim Bakery Inc., a company that operates a bakery and several other Oakland businesses.
Mr. Bey’s father, Yusuf Bey, who died two years ago, established an Islamic sect similar to but not affiliated with the Nation of Islam, the organization led by Louis Farrakhan.
The other man charged on Thursday was Eugene Cunningham, 73, an associate of the elder Mr. Bey.
Both men turned themselves in on Tuesday. Oakland Deputy Police Chief Howard Jordan said arrents warrants were issued for four other men believed to have been involved in the incidents, but the police and the district attorney’s office would not provide details about the case or the charges against Mr. Bey and Mr. Cunningham.
The charges stem from attacks on Nov. 23 at San Pablo Market and Liquor and the New York Market near the city’s gritty west end, where liquor stores have been a recurring flash point between longtime residents and new immigrants.
The incident at the San Pablo store, caught by a video surveillance camera, involved a dozen or so black men who smashed bottles, toppled food racks and broke glass displays, the police said. The men wore dark suits and bow ties, the traditional attire of black Muslims in Oakland, and confronted the merchants about the sale of alcohol and pork, which are forbidden in Islam.
’’They said, ‘Are you Muslim?’ ‘’ said Abdul Saleh, 44, who is from Yemen and has owned the San Pablo market since 1996. ‘’ ‘Why are you selling alcohol to our community?’ And then they started trashing everything.’’

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