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Arrest of Yusuf Bey and others in raids on Black Muslim bakery in SF may be related to murder of local journalist

August 3, 2007

MIM: For more on Yusef Bey see Dr.Daniel Pipes weblog below "Justifying rape through cultural relativity".

Oakland police raid Black Muslim bakery, seize guns, detain nearly 20

San Jose Mercury News

Scores of heavily armed police raided the Your Black Muslim Bakery in North Oakland and houses associated with the business early today seeking suspects and evidence in killings, shootings, robberies and a kidnapping, authorities said.

Almost 20 people - including Yusuf Bey IV, the head of the organization - were detained for questioning and several guns were recovered at the bakery in the 5800 block of San Pablo Avenue.

No one was hurt in the raids, which began at 5 a.m.

Police said they have arrest warrants for several men with ties to the organization but were still trying to determine if they were among those detained.

Police would not give specific details about the cases they believe are linked to the people associated with the bakery, but did say some of the alleged crimes were committed last year and earlier this year.

Authorities said at this point, there is nothing to connect bakery employees to the ambush murder Thursday of Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey, who was known to be working on a story about the organization.

At least one case possibly linked to the bakery involves the kidnapping several weeks ago of some women whom a ransom was demanded for before they were able to escape, sources said.

And one of the shootings possibly resulted from a love triangle, sources said.

The search and arrest warrants served Friday were signed by a judge several days ago, authorities said.

Assistant Chief Howard Jordan said the warrants were obtained so that police could seek evidence needed "to further our investigations into these different crimes."

He said the men named in the probable cause warrants "are very violent individuals who need to be in custody."

More than 200 law enforcement officers, mainly from Oakland with assistance from the Alameda County Sheriff's Office, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore and Alameda police took part in the raids.

Jordan said none of the suspected crimes involving the organization happened in those other jurisdictions but their assistance was asked for because Oakland police entry teams train with them.

A news conference on the raid is planned later today.

Return to http://www.mercurynews.com later for more on this developing story.



Oakland cops detain 19 in raids Associated Press

OAKLAND -- Police on Friday searched the Your Black Muslim Bakery and three other locations in the city as part of a yearlong investigation.

Oakland Deputy Police Chief Howard Jordan said 19 people were detained in the pre-dawn hours after the raids, but he refused to provide further details. He scheduled a news conference for later in the day.

Television stations reported that S.W.A.T team negotiators and various high-ranking police officials, including Fremont police, were at the bakery to oversee the operation.

The late Yusuf Bey was the founder of Your Black Muslim Bakery, famed for its bean and carrot pies since it opened in 1968 and known for having an open door to struggling families. Bey's reputation took a hit in later years as he defended himself against rape allegations in Alameda County.

Most of those charges were later dropped, and one was pending when he died in 2003.

More recently, Bey's son and other men were identified as the young toughs who bashed liquor bottles in Oakland corner stores and berated the Muslim owners for selling alcohol in the community.

Jordan refused to say whether Friday's raids were related to Thursday's shooting death of longtime Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey, who had written stories about the bakery. http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_6535295


Justifying Rape through Cultural Relativity

December 30, 2003

The sordid story of "Yusuf Ali Bey Sr." finally hit the big-time media today, with a front-page story in the Los Angeles Times. Most of the news about the former Yusuf Ali Bey Sr. is old hat the "Your Black Muslim Bakery" and other businesses, the weekly cable television program, the run for mayor of Oakland, Cal., the anti-white and anti-Jewish tirades, the criminal and civil charges that he had repeatedly raped underage girls, including his own daughters, and the decades of his over-awing anyone who challenged his integrity until one of his victims finally got the police to listen to her.

All that, as I say, has been available in the San Francisco-area media for months, for example in a three-part series in the East Bay Express in November 2002 and June 2003. What caught my eye in today's paper, however, was the justification proferred for Yusuf Bey's serial rapes by one Maleek Al Maleek, described as a 62-year-old mathematician:

He was a born leader in the sense of an African chief or a Muslim caliph. What is prohibited here is not prohibited in East India, where there are child marriages. I can show you chiefs in Africa who have 30 wives .The ways of the high priests are not shared by the commoner.

In addition to waving away the rapes, what so impresses me about his statement is the casual willingness to import the standards of East India or Africa to the Bay area. Another benefit of multiculturalism? (December 30, 2003)

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