My deepest sympathies are with the family of Chauncey Bailey, editor of the Oakland Post, who was shot and killed Thursday morning on a busy downtown street in Oakland.
Police today arrested seven men associated with Your Black Muslim Bakery, which was founded by the late Yusuf Bey, a black-nationalist activist.
According to the New York Times, officers seized the weapon they believe was used to murder Mr. Bailey.
Reportedly, the longtime local journalist was working on a story for the Post, a black-owned weekly, about a possible connection between Your Black Muslim Bakery and several previous murders. Oakland police had been investigating the group that runs the bakery since late last year, according to the Times.
One of the seven men arrested today is Yusuf Bey IV, one of the bakery founder’s many children.
The younger Bey had been arrested in 2005, charged with taking part in the ransacking of two liquor stores owned by Arab Muslims. Those attacks, caught on videotape, made national news.
Yusuf Bey IV spoke to Bay Area journalist J.R. Valrey in 2006 about the so-called “liquor-store movement.” (Valrey described Bey as an “honored guest.”) That 8-minute radio interview is online at the New America Media website. I’m also streaming it on my Vox audio stash; click here to hear it.
UPDATE (08/04/07): According to this morning’s Oakland Tribune:
“A 19-year-old handyman at Your Black Muslim Bakery admitted to police Friday night that he ambushed and killed Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey, investigators said.
“Police said Devaughndre Broussard told them he killed Bailey because he was angry over stories the journalist had written about the bakery, its employees and leaders in the past. Investigators said Broussard also was concerned about stories that he thought Bailey might be working on.”
Hat-tip to Richard Prince.