Who is Danny Bakewell, the Black L.A. power broker named in the Nury Martinez audio?
It all started 10 days before the 2013 election when Bakewell and his lawyer called a reporter to announce that the reporter should find a parking space within 30 minutes, otherwise a “very large group” of armed Black Muslims would be showing up at the parking lot of the News 12 television station on Wilshire Boulevard. “I don’t care where you park,” he told the reporter. “I’m not parking there.” Then he sent a note of his own to the editor. He wanted the story run. “This is a threat to our nation,” he wrote. “We’re facing an enemy who wishes to bring the country to its knees. I don’t care where you park.”
What’s so important about this? It’s what’s so crazy about it. The threat was just a little thing. A little thing to a little thing to a little thing, to another little thing to another little thing to another little thing. Nothing big. A little thing. A little thing. Another big thing that a little thing. Another thing. A huge thing that another thing.
No, the thing that’s so crazy about it is that this thing had to be the biggest threat of all time. Like the biggest security event in American history. And of course in L.A. history, so a great part of the city that everybody talks about.
In recent months, while Bakewell was on a European vacation, the story took on a life of its own. The threat of a mob at News 12 was just one in a series of threatening threats against the station and L.A. political figures that has only grown since the election. The threats came in a series of audio recordings that, according to reports, were created by an anonymous L.A. resident who wanted to make it seem like a L.A. gangster with “a good working knowledge of computers” had been tracking L.A. gangster Danny Bakewell.
What really happened was an elaborate