Several Bay area readers are sending word of breaking news there this morning that may be tied to the awful execution of a veteran Oakland journalist yesterday:
Oakland and Fremont police have surrounded the Your Black Muslim Bakery in Oakland.
Television stations KPIX and KTVU report that S.W.A.T team negotiators and various high-ranking police officials are at the scene.
The incident is happening along San Pablo Avenue near the border of Oakland and Emeryville. A command center has been set up in Emeryville, but there are few other details at this hour…
…longtime Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey was reportedly researching an investigative piece into Your Black Muslim Bakery before he was shot and killed just yesterday morning.
It remains unclear whether that killing is connected to today’s heavy police activity at the bakery.
An Oakland bakery with a cheery red sign out front — “Your Black Muslim Bakery” — was thrust into the criminal spotlight again Tuesday when police arrested one of founder Yusuf Bey’s sons in connection with vandalism to two liquor stores.
Bey created the bakery in 1968 and built a powerful enterprise based on baked goods, Muslim faith, local politics and, police say, strong-arm tactics.
For decades, members of Bey’s religious sect have been suspected of using violence and intimidation to secure their business interests, which include four bakeries, a Muslim school, a security business and an apartment building across from the main bakery on San Pablo Avenue in northwest Oakland where many of Bey’s relatives and bakery workers live.
Bey died of colon cancer in October 2003 while awaiting trial on 27 counts of sex crimes, including at least one count in which DNA identified him as the father of a child of a 13-year-old girl. His followers have claimed he fathered more than 40 children.
A real practitioner of the ROP, he was:
Bey’s followers have been accused of assaulting people with whom they had religious or business differences, and such stories have circulated in Oakland for decades.
In 1994, members of the organization allegedly beat an Oakland man with a police officer’s heavy-duty flashlight and threatened to kill the white police officers who came to investigate.
The same year, Bey ran for mayor and received 5 percent of the vote, and his 21-year-old son Akbar was shot and killed outside an Oakland night club. At the time, his father said the death was over “nothing important.”
More on Chauncey Bailey’s murder here.