Tuesday, February 26, 2008

'60 Minutes' probes local editor's murder

If you missed it, here's a link to the script and video of the "60 Minutes" segment Sunday on the murder of Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey. While Anderson Cooper's report didn't shed new light on the murder, it acquainted the nation with a case that has made headlines in the Bay Area for the past six months.

The report included an interview with reporter Chris Thompson (right), who received death threats after writing the first stories about the criminal activities of Yusef Bey and his Your Black Muslim Bakery. "60 Minutes" also used dramatic video shot by KPIX of bakery employees outside an Oakland tow-yard, marching like Marines, demanding the release of a car.

Cooper also did a jail-house interview with Devaughndre Broussard, the 20-year-old bakery janitor charged with gunning down Bailey. Broussard repeated what he has told other interviewers, that he didn't do it, and that he agreed to take the fall at the request of Bey's son, Yusuf Bey IV. Cooper notes that Oakland police put the younger Bey and Broussard in a conference room together, where Broussard claims he was told he had to take the fall in order to pass a test from God. Cooper notes that cops didn't listen in or record the conversation, however. The report gives the impression that Oakland police have come up short in their investigation, pointing out that while the case is still open, Broussard remains the only one charged six months after the murder.

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