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Posted at 3:19 PM ET, 10/19/2010

DC9 has liquor license suspended

By Washington Post editors

The liquor license for DC9 has been suspended following the death of a man allegedly at the hands of the nightclub's employees, NBC 4 reports.

Five men have been charged with aggravated assault in the beating of Ali Ahmed Mohammed in front of a club at Ninth and U streets NW where the men worked.

Mohammed died early Friday at a hospital.

The club will have to apply for a hearing before the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration to get its license reinstated. All events through Nov. 1 already had been moved or canceled.

Mohammed, 27, tried to enter DC9 early Friday but was turned away at the door. He became angry and threw at least one brick through the nightclub's front window, witnesses told investigators.

According to a police affidavit filed in court Saturday, witnesses told police that five men left the bar and chased Mohammed, of Silver Spring.

By Washington Post editors  | October 19, 2010; 3:19 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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SO, WHAT'S UP WASHINGTON POST? YOU'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT THE MURDER OF MR. MOHAMMED? YOU KNOW LANIER WAS RIGHT WITH THE INITIAL SECOND DEGREE CONVICTION.

Posted by: skinfreak | October 19, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

THEY CHASED HIM DOWN AND BEAT HIM TO DEATH AND CONVICTED ONLY FOR AGGRVATED ASSAULT...REALLY?!!

Posted by: natinael88 | October 19, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

TALKING IN CAPS MEANS I KNOW THE FULL STORY BEHIND WHAT HAPPENED!!!11

HERP DERP

Posted by: Flairy1 | October 19, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

You can get involuntary manslaughter for driving too fast and by accidentally killing someone in an accident, or because your drunk. But if you chase someone down and intentionally bat them, to the point they die, its just assault?

This should be at least manslaughter.

Posted by: Natstural | October 19, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

This article should elaborate on the charges, describing the change from second-degree murder to aggravated assault, and the likelihood of additional changes in the charges based on a complete medical examiner's report, which has been released yet.

Posted by: smart-aleck | October 19, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

*hasn't

Posted by: smart-aleck | October 19, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Gee ... I wasn't aware that there was a regulation for suspending a night club's liquor license if it's employees chased down and killed anyone.

Posted by: localgoober | October 19, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

DC9 should get the DEATH PENALTY and never be allowed to open again. It is the only fitting punishment.

Posted by: PepperDr | October 19, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

No one condones thuggery, however, should not the foreigners protesting vigilanty justice have some respect for a country where we actually fight for our rights instead of just moving to another country. What if Ethiopians stood and took a fight in Ethiopia for the rights they enjoy here by the blood of many generations of dead Americans fighting for our rights. Go home if you can't abide by your own rules (Islam--no drinky) and USofA (don't throw bricky thru my window). Frankly, if somebody thru a brick thru my window endangering me or my two dogs--they would be lucky to only be kicked to death. I for one would not treat them so kindly and, of course, I would not have to buy dog food for months. In other words, IN OTHER WORDS, DRUNKEN ETHIOPIANS GO HOME AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU WHEN YOU THROW A BRICK THRU SOMEBODY'S WINDOW. God bless the USofA.

Posted by: JohnBerchertAIA | October 20, 2010 2:31 AM | Report abuse

Now while we all agree this mans death was very tragic in nature. I think we need to all stop being high and mighty. Imagine if someone just decides to just throw a rock throw the window of your car or home. Would you just let it slide? while i can i only speak for myself. I would have done exactly what they did. And whupped his a$$? The only bad thing as i see it. is that they clearly took it too far and this guy died. So he definitely deserves some blame. He is not the only victim here.

Posted by: too_real | October 20, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

I wish there was more reporting on this story. There are so many discrepancies in the narrative. Did the cops put him in an ambulance or a squad car? Was the victim dead at the scene, the hospital, or somewhere else? Why does shutting the club down help anything? One thing it certainly does do is put a bunch of people (innocent coworkers) out of work.

Posted by: CaptainFicus | October 20, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I wish there was more reporting on this story. There are so many discrepancies in the narrative. Did the cops put him in an ambulance or a squad car? Was the victim dead at the scene, the hospital, or somewhere else? Why does shutting the club down help anything? One thing it certainly does do is put a bunch of people (innocent coworkers) out of work.

Posted by: CaptainFicus | October 20, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

@JohnBerchertAIA: your comment was very ignorant. To be quite honest, you sound like you're a loner and you need some serious attention because your thoughts are danger to society. You are attacking the entire community without any regards, you should be ashamed of yourself. FYI, America is built by a collaboration of many immigrants, including your family, who came into this country that we all adore and enjoy, to better their lives. Just curious, how do you value life? Hint, Broken window doesn't hold the same value as a human life, which is why I think the people who killed him need to face the consequences. We cannot take the law into our hands, which is why we spend our tax money for law enforcement to enforce the law.

WASHINGTON POST: How come the story is not completed? Here is a hint, the club owner and his employees chased Mr. Mohammed and brutally beat him death. Half A$$ story = I am canceling my post subscription = Shame on Washington Post.

Posted by: JohnAtDC | October 20, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Some of you are missing what has been reported. If you read the police accounts, the first officers arriving found him with "dried blood on his face". IF they had beaten him (the cops were there within minutes), he wouldn't have had dried blood on his face, it would still be wet. Also, they wouldn't have placed this drunken thug in their police car for 45 minutes before taking him to hospital. The truth will come out in court that this man was beaten BEFORE he threw the two bricks at DC9. Not to mention, he tried to enter the club AFTER it was already closed. The video footage will prove they are innocent-- to bad the drunken thug died.-- I would like to have seen him tossed in the clink for attempted murder and aggravated assault---

Posted by: Aimhigh2000 | October 20, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Boy I'm so releaved that we no longer have put up with that pesky "Presumption of innocence" deal. You know that "the principle that one is considered innocent until proven guilty" thing. Boy that was annoying, huh.

I'm seeing to many reports from the media and the police chief that have already been judge and jury. Now people that don't know all the details of the story think these men should die before they've had a chance to go plead their case.

Just think of all the money we'll save by not having to have a judge or jury anymore!

On another note: How come some of the medias reports about where he died say he died on the scene while others say he died at the hospital?

Why was he left in the back of a police car for 30 to 45 minutes before they took him to the hospital that was a block and a half away? Nobodies asked what time he got to the hospital!

Why is the medical examiner saying they can't find evidence of what killed him? If he was beaten to death I would think that the evidence would be pretty obvious, right? Why would they need a toxology report? Hmmm... maybe there's another cause for his death?

How come the cops stories aren't adding up?
Some say it was and EMT's that took him to the hospital some say a cop car.

I don't wanna go into what this man may have been on or not until the proper reports come back but on an interesting not I know cops have talked about how hard it is to take down a guy on various drugs. And they are "trained professionals" at running after tackling suspects and fighting them into submission.

How come the first I've heard of obtaining the camera footage and preserving it for trial from the intersection, came from one of the lawyers for on of the 5 DC employees? Hell If I beat a man to death I wouldn't be asking for the evidence to be brought against me!

Maybe the cops let them go on charges of agrivated assult because they know they've messed up too.

The guy messed up. DC9 messed up. the cops have definatly mess up verbaly convicting these men before their trial as well as the media have.

Everyone has sh#t the bed on this one and I'm discusted.

Media why don't you STOP reporting the "hear say" that regurgitated from people that don't know a damn thing and start investigating like you used to do back when people thought the news was trustworthy?! START FINDING OUT THE FACTS!

ps: sorry for grammer I wrote this in 5 minut4es at work and have to get back to it.

Posted by: Robot1167 | October 20, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Wasn't the guy muslim? Isnt that a $50 fine?

Posted by: ustreet79 | October 20, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Wasn't the guy muslim? Isnt that a $50 fine?

Posted by: ustreet79 | October 20, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

I suspect that the police are concealing certain facts from the media while the prosecutors develop their case. This trial could drag on for a while, so be patient. That's the American justice system.

Posted by: Dave115 | October 20, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I suspect that the police are concealing certain facts from the media while the prosecutors develop their case. This trial could drag on for a while, so be patient. That's the American justice system.

Posted by: Dave115 | October 20, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

This young man died from several "men" beating and stomping his head and body. This young man begged his attackers to stop but from what a witness said, his pleas fell on deaf ears. For what? This young man's life was determined by these five to have a value equal to a glass window. Then the justice system allows he young man's death to be a minor offense. The young man's family should get a lawyer to sue this city if their sons killers get away with murder.


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Posted by: skinfreak | October 20, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

This is a tragedy! but I don't think this is racial/ethnically motivated. The victim bares responsibility and the perpetrators bare some responsibility as well. They knew exactly what can happen if a person is reapeatedly stomped in the head against hard surface by multiple people. But I can also understand the rage that may have overcame to the attackers...you just don't see people throwning bricks at a business just because the person was refused access in. I have been told many times not to get into clubs for one reason or another...but I have always accepted it with out looking at is as a disrespect. Their business, they can choose who to let in and whom to not. The unfortunate thing is may be from alcohol, or puffed ego that the person took it personally and go even further by hurling bricks. A 27 year old man should know better than doing such things. This is not Ethiopia. What's a big deal can't he find another bar to goto?
Finally, this shouldn't be a polarizing event between Ethiopian community and Americans in DC. For the most part Americans are welcoming and genuinely good people and I can't think of better place to live out side of the USA. Don't talk nonsense, if you don't like it you can pack up and move to where you came from.
The problem is Ethiopians have very little freedom (from speech, access to buildings, fair job market etc...) so when they come and get it here in the US, they get pumped up thinking they can do anything, in this case throw a brick at someone and not have a consequences to face up to. God bless Ethiopia and God bless America.

Posted by: jesusislordforever30 | October 21, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Aim High: Seriously, you would charge the guy who was chased down and tackled on the pavement and probably beaten, and who died shortly thereafter, with attempted murder ... yet you think the defendants are innocent?

Posted by: crw3 | October 22, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

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