Just in from SFgate.com:
A handyman being held in the slaying of newspaper editor Chauncey Bailey was formally charged with murder today, while two other men arrested in last week’s raid on Oakland’s Your Black Muslim Bakery were expected to be charged in a separate case.
Devaughndre Broussard, 19, who worked at the bakery on San Pablo Avenue, is to be arraigned this afternoon in Alameda County Superior Court on charges of murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm — specifically a shotgun– for allegedly killing Bailey, Editor of the Oakland Post, last week.
The downtown courthouse was operating under heightened security today, with double the number of Alameda County sheriff’s deputies on hand to man the metal detector and to stand watch outside the building.
Broussard confessed to using a shotgun to kill Bailey on Thursday at 14th and Alice streets in downtown Oakland, just blocks from his office. Police said Broussard had been angry over Bailey’s investigation of the finances of the bakery, which filed for bankruptcy in October.
Police say he didn’t act alone. Stay tuned.
And in case you missed it, here’s Christopher Hitchens on “Brutality by the Bay:”
Now, again, I am just asking, but what if this racket had been named the White Christian or Aryan Nations Cookie Parlor? (Motto and mission statement: “Don’t F*** With Us.”) I think that Oakland’s mayor, Ron Dellums—who I was startled to find was still alive—would have joined a picket line around the store (as would I). The same would doubtless have been true of Rep. Barbara Lee, in whose district the YBMB was situated. But instead, in its role as a “community business,” the YBMB enjoyed warm support and endorsement from both the mayor and the congresswoman. And the guns for past and future slayings were inside the store.
If this isn’t softness on crime, then the term is meaningless. Residents have been complaining for a long time about the atmosphere of hatred and violence—and about what some have called the YBMB’s attempt to “cleanse” the neighborhood, either of godless liquor stores on the model of jihadism or simply of business rivals and journalistic critics. What were the police doing all this time, and why did Chauncey Bailey have to be murdered before they could be moved to act? Perhaps they were doing what they do best: confiscating marijuana and rousting whores so as to painlessly improve the crime statistics. I called Bob Valladon, the extremely rude and graceless head of the Oakland police union, but I didn’t even get to put my question before receiving a large flea in my ear. Other California law-enforcement officials were adamant in refusing to be quoted in any way. I can’t say I blame them: Thousands of their voters and citizens are living in Third World conditions of fear, with a “no-snitch” policy openly enforced at gunpoint, and they cannot be troubled to do anything about it.