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.
According to the project, Jordan said yesterday that he had thought Longmire could "separate his relationship with the bakery and do his job." Now Jordan said he's "not sure about that." Not sure? Now he has doubts? Let's review what Jordan already knew when he staunchly defended Longmire last fall. First, Longmire had put Bey IV into an interview room with bakery handyman Devaughndre Broussard and then didn't tape them as Bey IV convinced Broussard to say that he killed Bailey on his own. In addition, Longmire had failed to record in his case notes damning evidence against Bey, according to the project, including the fact that police knew he had stalked Bailey just hours before the murder. Nonetheless, Jordan expressed full confidence in Longmire. Sorry, chief, but that doesn't cut it. Longmire should have never been allowed to stay on the case once bakery members had been identified as the lead suspects. And the fact that you thought strongly otherwise makes you wrong for the job.