Best Man in Blue

Officer James Saleda

Years before the murder of journalist Chauncey Bailey, Officer James Saleda of the Oakland Police Department was already investigating Your Black Muslim Bakery. That was back when the bakery was still very much a political powerhouse, but Officer Saleda wasn’t the type to let himself be bullied by the prominent bakery patriarch Yusuf Bey. He took the time to listen to victims and diligently investigate claims that Bey engaged in lewd conduct with minors, and ultimately helped to raise early red flags of serious trouble at Your Black Muslim Bakery long before many people were listening. The soft-spoken Saleda clearly hasn’t slowed down to bask in his own glory — night after night, he’s still out trying to bust pimps and johns while fighting Oakland’s massive child prostitution problem. Ever the professional, he’s declined recent requests to discuss the ongoing Bailey murder case. But once the case is closed and he can speak publicly, trust us: we’re all ears.

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