Oakland Cop: Ignorant or Arrogant?

Oakland police Sergeant Derwin Longmire affirmed his friendship with Yusuf Bey IV, the likely mastermind in the assassination of journalist Chauncey Bailey, during two phone calls last year while Bey IV was behind bars. At the time, Longmire was the lead investigator in the Bailey murder case, while Bey IV was in jail on unrelated charges of kidnapping and torture. As is standard practice, the phone calls were taped by guards at Santa Rita Jail, where Bey IV was being housed. Longmire may have been ignorant of that fact, but as a veteran cop, he likely knew the conversations were being taped and believed his fellow cops — and superiors — wouldn’t care.

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