|Yusuf Bey IV, (Center)|
Thursday, 20 September 2012
Imprisoned Your Black Muslim Bakery leader Yusuf Bey IV uses Web to vow return to Oakland
Yusuf Bey IV, 26, once the leader of the defunct Your Black Muslim Bakery, apparently has supporters running a website that carries several essays he wrote from the maximum security unit at Salinas Valley State Prison.
"There is a surprise in store for both friends and enemies as to the second phase of the work of the mission of Your Black Muslim Bakery," one essay attributed to Bey IV states. The site claims Bey IV is now leader of an organization called Your Black Resurrected Nation.
Bey IV and other inmates have no Internet access in prison, Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, wrote in an email Wednesday morning. But they are allowed to give letters to visitors to be published online or elsewhere.
The site is registered to a Lloyd Davis, of Los Angeles, according to domain registry records. It was unclear Wednesday what his connection is to Bey IV. He did not immediately return a phone call or email.
Parts of the site were in the process of being taken down Wednesday afternoon.
The site includes a request for donations, although it doesn't explain where to give money.
We as an organization cannot progress without your support and unity," states an essay attributed to Bey IV entitled "Formal Address to the People."
In another essay under Bey IV's name, he claims the organization will have a "security defense guard" that will have "oversight in all cases of injustice and brutality at the hands of enemies of our nation both foreign and domestic."
According to court records, Alameda County District Attorney's Office investigators have monitored Bey IV talking in jail about a new organization since 2009 and claiming it would make him and his family rich.
This isn't the first time Bey IV has tried to run a website from behind bars. In 2008 his girlfriend and sister briefly ran a site for him called Free the Bakery Brothers while he was in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin awaiting trial on kidnapping and torture charges. Bey IV had dictated its contents, including proclamations of innocence in dozens of phone calls recorded by authorities. The site was taken down after his defense lawyer objected to it.
After a nearly four-month trial Bey IV was convicted last year of ordering the killings of Bailey and two other men, Odell Roberson and Michael Wills. Bey IV's co-defendant, Antoine Mackey, 26, was convicted of killing Wills and helping a third man, 24-year-old Devaughndre Broussard, kill Bailey.
Broussard, who pleaded guilty to shooting Bailey as part of a plea bargain, testified that Bey IV wanted the journalist killed because he was working on a story for the Oakland Post about the bakery filing for bankruptcy.
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