Oakland police have placed Oakland Post Publisher Paul Cobb (seen here) and another man under protection after the second man said he was offered $3,000 to lure Cobb to a place where he could be killed, according to a report by Thomas Peele of the Contra Costa Times. The second man said the offer came from two men he knew to be once associated with Your Black Muslim Bakery. A bakery associate, Devaughndre Broussard, has been charged in the fatal shooting of Post editor Chauncey Bailey on Aug. 2 in downtown Oakland.
According to Peele's report, Cobb made a series of phone calls to city officials and police Chief Wayne Tucker on Wednesday night, asking for protection for him and for the second man. "I am worried for my safety and for my wife's safety," Cobb said. (Photo credit: D. Ross Cameron, The Oakland Tribune, Aug. 1, 2007)