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Broussard’s statement may help police clear two more killings

OAKLAND — On the order of Yusuf Bey IV, Devaughndre Broussard and Antoine Mackey in July 2007 lured a homeless man to a dark corner where he was shot dead after raising his hands over his head, according to a statement Broussard gave prosecutors last month. Broussard also said Mackey admitted to killing another man

Apr 17, 2009
Criminal Justice

Many Immigrants Deported for Nonviolent Crimes

Federal authorities have repeatedly said their priority is to find and remove illegal immigrants with violent criminal histories, but the U.S. government's stepped up enforcement in recent years has led to the deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants convicted of nonviolent crimes, according to a new study. Nearly three-quarters of the roughly 897,000 immigrants

Apr 15, 2009
Criminal Justice

U.S. Citizens Caught Up in Immigration Sweeps

Frank Ponce de Leon, a native of Mexico who lives in La Puente, Calif., spent almost three months in immigration custody — all the while insisting he was a U.S. citizen. Photo: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times Rennison Vern Castillo thought his legal troubles were nearly over at the end of a jail stay

Apr 9, 2009
Criminal Justice

Bakery Leader Bragged He Ordered Killing of Oakland Journalist

Former Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV bragged in jail about ordering the killing of journalist Chauncey Bailey in 2007 because Bailey had financial information that Bey IV "didn't want to get out," according to a statement taken by investigators late last year. Bey IV said he had to "sacrifice a soldier" to

Mar 5, 2009
Criminal Justice

FBI Investigating Oakland Police Department

SPECIAL FEATURES • FBI Investigating Oakland Police Department • Documents say Oakland police beat suspect who died • Video: John Sasaki reports on FBI investigation into Oakland police misconduct OAKLAND – The FBI is investigating allegations that the head of the Oakland Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division nearly nine years ago beat a drug suspect

Jan 23, 2009
Criminal Justice

Katrina’s Hidden Race War

White vigilante justice tore through New Orleans in the wake of the storm. No official investigation has ever examined the crimes. A.C. Thompson's reporting on New Orleans was directed and underwritten by the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. CIR, ProPublica, and New America Media provided additional support. >> Read the complete story that ran

Dec 17, 2008
Criminal Justice

Delayed raid likely cost Chauncey Bailey his life

OAKLAND — The August 2007 raid on Your Black Muslim Bakery was postponed 48 hours to accommodate the vacation schedules of two senior SWAT commanders, a delay that likely cost journalist Chauncey Bailey his life, according to police sources and a lawyer representing an officer deeply involved in planning the raid. During the delay between

Dec 16, 2008
Criminal Justice

Zapping Taser: The Lawsuits

While Heston plays out—the plaintiffs are fighting for attorneys’ fees—Taser International still faces about 40 lawsuits against it alleging wrongful death or personal injury. Five of those have 2009 trial dates, the first beginning in March, according to Taser’s latest filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. A brief summary of the upcoming cases: Bolander

Dec 1, 2008
Criminal Justice

Zapping Taser

A jury determined that Taser International knew or should have known that “prolonged exposure” to its stun gun could lead to cardiac arrest.

Dec 1, 2008
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