(OAKLAND, CA) – Chauncey Bailey was murdered in 2007 by Devaughndre Broussard, as
Broussard admitted. For that murder and another, he was given a sweet plea deal of 25 years
as long as he falsely named Yusuf Bey IV as ordering the murder.
Yusuf Bey IV was a rising young Black Activist that the prosecutors were eager to silence through prosecution. As the son of the late Dr. Yusuf Bey Sr., who is well-known as a prolific leader in the black community, the local news media penned over 2,000 articles chronicling accusations against Yusuf Bey IV on the word of a pathological liar Devaughndre Broussard.
“Anytime you have someone facing a lifetime in prison, a virtual death sentence, the individual is going to say anything to save themselves,” said King Abioye, a crime case analyst.
What’s shameful here is that these self-serving lies by the actual murderer are repeated uncritically by the prosecutors, court, and media in Oakland in order to silence a strong young black man like they have done to many black community leaders time and time again.
Bey IV was given a flawed court-appointed attorney, an attorney who had previously represented the murderer of Bey’s older brother Akbar Bey. The court-appointed attorney was rejected by Bey IV during the trial, but the court refused to recuse the attorney from representing him.
The attorney refused to call witnesses who would challenge the many inconsistencies in the self-serving story by actual-killer Devaughndre Broussard.
“If Yusuf had a competent attorney, or if he had at least been able to represent himself, he would have pointed out the obvious inconsistencies and errors,” said King Abioye, who has been following the case.
“If a so-called ‘Black Muslim’ can be blamed for a murder, the media will go along with the propaganda, as they are right now even when the accused remains innocent. Yusuf was tragically railroaded because they didn’t get his father in my opinion,” said Rupert Smith, a Bay Area Law Student.
Yusuf Bey IV is expected to file another court appeal in the Federal San Francisco Northern District Court sometime in the coming weeks seeking a new trial.
Yusuf Bey IV has spent nearly 13 years in prison for a crime he never committed like many other young black men in America, this is another reason why a judicial system overhaul is much needed and why prison reform is so important.
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