Thursday, August 09, 2007

A teenage handyman for an African-American Muslim splinter group has confessed and will be charged with murder in the shooting death of a journalist

Michelle Locke:

Devaughndre Broussard, 19, was one of seven people arrested in Friday's raids on Your Black Muslim Bakery and nearby houses. He is expected to be charged this week in the death of Chauncey Bailey, an Oakland Post editor, Assistant Police Chief Howard Jordan said.

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.

Authorities had no information about an attorney for Broussard.

The group's 21-year-old chief executive officer, Yusuf Bey IV, son of the bakery's founder, also was arrested and held on a 2006 assault warrant accusing him of striking a bouncer with his BMW after being thrown out of a San Francisco strip club.

Charges are pending against him in a 2005 case in which he is accused of leading a Black Muslim group caught by surveillance cameras in November 2005 smashing up two Oakland corner stores. The men berated the stores' Muslim owners for selling alcohol to the black community even though alcohol is forbidden by Islam.

Bailey, 57, 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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