Arrests Made in Chauncey Bailey Case
FARAI CHIDEYA, host:
From NPR News, this is NEWS & NOTES. I'm Farai Chideya.
Yesterday, we brought you the story of Chauncey Bailey, the Oakland-based journalist who was gunned down last week on his way to work. Late Friday, police arrested 19-year-old Devaughndre Broussard. Authorities say Broussard, a handyman with ties to Your Black Muslim Bakery, then confessed to killing Bailey.
His reasoning, say the police, Bailey was apparently working on a piece investigating several aspects of the bakery's business. Yesterday, the question remain, did Broussard act alone? Today, police are suggesting that he did not.
For more, we've got Henry Lee, a reporter who's been covering the case for the San Francisco Chronicle. Henry, welcome.
Mr. HENRY LEE (Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle): Thanks, Farai. I'm glad to be here.
CHIDEYA: So catch us up on what we now know about Bailey's alleged killer.
Mr. LEE: Today, Mr. Broussard will be in court in Oakland to face this formal murder charge for allegedly killing Mr. Bailey. We have no further information as to whether we have specific knowledge about who helped him or whether or not he was directed to do so. We do know that he was upset at Mr. Bailey with investigating Your Black Muslim Bakery's finance. The group did file for bankruptcy in October. And this past Friday, a judge ordered that its assets be liquidated.
CHIDEYA: So your piece in the Chronicle today says that Broussard has had at least one prior run-in with the law. Describe that.
Mr. LEE: Back in October of 2005, Mr. Broussard allegedly assaulted and robbed a passenger on a MUNI passenger bus. The attack was videotaped and he was ultimately convicted and sent to probation for three years. That has angered the father of the victim and he told me that this is just an indication of why people should be sent to the state prison for serious felony.
CHIDEYA: So what can you tell us about this bakery?
Mr. LEE: This bakery has been in business for many, many decades in North Oakland. A black Muslim - this group is separate from the nation of Islam, which is better known, but they operated securities firm, operate a bakery in North Oakland. And some people are saying that they live in fear that these people intimidate people that they do not agree with.
CHIDEYA: So I understand that Broussard's arraignment is today. Where does the investigation go from here both on the side you think of the police but certainly on the side of journalists?
Mr. LEE: Clearly, the investigation is ongoing. There might be other people who'll be arrested and might face charges at a later date. As far as journalists go in, you know, many people will be in attendance at the funeral mass on Wednesday for Mr. Bailey whether or not, Mr. Broussard, indeed, act like a good soldier. And he has purportedly called police, whether or not he was directed to do so. And whether other people have - will be found to be complicit in Mr. Bailey's killing, will - that will all remain to be seen.
CHIDEYA: Now, how are you, as a journalist, covering the murder of a journalist, taking precautions yourself or how do you think other people who were covering the story are taking precautions?
Mr. LEE: We cannot let this thing prevent us from doing our job. I know that it was very shocking for me to see Mr. Bailey's body. I knew him as an acquaintance, as a fellow journalist and lots of people did here know him. We can't let that stop us from trying to seek out the fact, trying to unearth things that might be controversial in some corners such as the bankruptcy filing that I also reviewed, going out to the scene, talking to people who might be upset about this group as a whole.
So this is a very tough job, a lot of journalists haven't filled around the role(ph) for different reasons, but certainly nothing can be more shocking -the Chauncey Bailey's body on the street just moments after he was killed in broad daylight in a relatively safe part of town here in Oakland.
CHIDEYA: Well, Henry Lee, thank you so much.
Mr. LEE: Thank you.
CHIDEYA: Henry Lee is a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle.
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