Last year, then Oakland Assistant Police Chief Howard Jordan staunchly defended Sergeant Derwin Longmire, saying the lead investigator in the Chauncey Bailey murder case had done nothing wrong. The comment was particularly troubling since Longmire at the time was under investigation both by the department’s internal affairs division and the state Attorney General’s Office. So Jordan was prejudging the facts before they were fully known, something a police commander should never do. But now that Jordan is acting police chief, he says that Longmire should never have been allowed to lead the probe into Bailey’s death, according to the Chauncey Bailey Project. It’s about time that Jordan realized the mistake of allowing a friend of Yusuf Bey IV to lead the investigation of a murder in which Bey IV was the likely mastermind. But the fact that it took Jordan this long to come to that conclusion is all the more reason for why he should not be made Oakland’s permanent police chief.