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In the Wake of the DC9 Incident, Where’s Ali Mohammed’s Autopsy Report?

If you're anticipating the D.C. Medical Examiner cracking the mystery of what happened to Ali Ahmed Mohammed, be prepared for the possibility of an excruciating wait.

It might just take until December for the city office to tell us how Mohammed met his end on October 15. The 27-year-old died sometime after he hurled a brick through the window of local venue DC9, and was chased by five men associated with the club. Supporters of the five eventually charged with aggravated assault say the pursuers only restrained Mohammed after the glass shattering, so they could turn him over to cops. But police tell a different version of events. They say at least one eyewitness watched the men beat Mohammed unconscious. There's still no sign of an autopsy report expected to clear things up.

And it might not show anytime soon. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCFE) spokesperson Beverly Fields points out that per the usual National Association of  Medical Examiners guidelines, the District scrutinizers have a whopping 60 to 90 days to submit their autopsy report.

But in a situation where various conspiracy theories abound, including that Mohammed was fine up until he was placed in police custody, a wait that long could be interpreted as stalling. The office conducts the actual autopsy within 24 hours of a suspicious death, after all, so what's taking so long?

"In some cases, depending on what type of injury or manner they can make the determination in one day," says Fields. She says a situation where a victim has a gunshot wound to the head, for instance, and there are plenty of witnesses to the murder, equals a quick turn around.

More complex cases take time. A municipal investigative office that operates independent of the police department, the District's medical examiners might have to request reports or ask for consultations in order to get a clear picture of a victim's fate. "Every single case is distinct," says Fields.

And what of Mohammed's case in particular? Fields can only tell us there's nothing funny going on with the time it's taking to churn out the report. "It's not because anything is wrong or because they're doing anything out of the ordinary," she says. She also says those who think D.C.'s medical detectives are taking a unusually long time with Mohammed's case are mistaken.

"It [the wait so far] isn't really long for the industry," she says. If that seems disappointing to those breathlessly awaiting closure, it gets worse. The 90-day limit is a recommendation, not a rule. "There are going to be cases that take more than ninety days," Fields says.

Though a long wait might be frustrating, a rush job definitely isn't appropriate. Whatever the office says will be pivotal to either convicting or exonerating the men thought responsible for a tragic death. But it might be nice if the whole thing could be resolved sooner than three months from now.

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Comments

  1. #1

    I'll bet someone lost them!

  2. #2

    Hey Rend: good article. While you're at it, why not check up on where the special inspector's report is on the funny Parks and Rec contracts aka Fenty's Frats Fandango.

  3. #3

    As a Fenty supporter, I'd love to know where the special inspector's report is on the "funny parks and rec contracts aka fenty's fats fandango".
    'Cause it's been MIA since July.
    I'd also like to know how much this "investigation" has cost the good taxpayers of DC. Because I heard in one of Gray's "Town Halls" that budgets are tight and I'd hate to think that he as chair of the council voted for something that was a waste of taxpayer dollars...

  4. #4

    Drez you are really reaching in your statement.

  5. Tone of this article
    #5

    It seems the writer would love to sweep this issue under the rug...

  6. What kind of world do we live in
    #6

    What kind of world do we live in when 5 drunk bar employees chase and brutally beat down a young man in response to property damage and get prosecuted by the justice system of the United States courts?

    It's a cold world we live in.. excuse me while I yawn.

  7. #7

    DREZ FOR YOU TO GET ON HERE AND DEFEND THAT HARD DRIED UP DOG SHIT ON A CONSISTANT BASIS, IN YOUR DOWNTOWN RESIDENTIAL TONE, JUST SHOWS HOW JUSTIFIED THE CITIZENS WERE IN VOTING OUT THE WORST MAYOR WASHINGTON DC EVER HAD!!!

    THE WASTE WAS IN AWARDING NON-QUALIFIED FOLK OVERPRICED WORK AND TRUSTING THAT CLOWN HAD THE CITY'S BEST INTEREST AT HEART. HIS WHOLE ADMINISTRATION AND TENURE WAS A WASTE! WHAT THE FUCK YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT? I DONT THINK FOLK GIVE A FUCK ANYMORE ABOUT WHAT FENTY, THE WORST MAYOR IN DC HISTORY, DID BECAUSE WE ALREADY KNEW IT WAS WRONG AND WHETHER SOME JOKER DEEMS IT WAS AGAINST THE LAW IS IRRELEVENT AT THIS POINT!

    THE AUTOPSY IS BEING DELAYED BECAUSE THIS IS A RACIAL CRIME AND IT SHOULD BE THROUGHLY INVESTIGATED. YOU HAD A WHITE LED MOB BEAT AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE DEATH OF A PERSON OF COLOR IN A PREDOM BLACK CITY. AFTER THE INITIAL COMMUNITY REACTION FROM THE HATE CRIME THAT WAS COMMITTED THEY NEEDED TO TAMP DOWN ALL THE HATE AND ILL FEELINGS FOLK HAVE ABOUT THIS MESS UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTION AND THANKSGIVING. THE WEATHER AND TIME PLAYS A PART IN IT AS WELL.

    SEE MOST WASHINGTONIANS KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THIS. IT’S YOU FAKE ASS GENTRIFIERS THAT CLING TO ALL THIS BULLSHIT BEING THROWN AROUND THIS WEEK WHICH STARTED WITH THAT BAMMA ASS PIECE OF SHIT SHANAHAN.

    UNA CITTÀ!

  8. #8

    noodlez
    The report isn't being released because there has been no finding of wrongdoing. And, yeah, it's dried up shit by now but dried up or not, shit is still shit. I'm just glad you finally admit it is shit, and that you really don't think it matters (because at this point it really doesn't) whether any laws were broken.

    That being settled, let's spend the next four years talking about the hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal judgments against Ruben Charles and Kwame Brown, about Thomas' slush fund, and about Marc Barnes' back taxes. It'll be good times, I promise.

  9. #9

    What's taking so long? The fabrication of evidence.

  10. #10

    That's it noodlez. Throw all that typical DC BS around. Try getting upset at how crappily DC has been run for the past 30 years, when all the "true" DC idiots had free rein.

  11. #11

    Hey kids,

    So it's worth noting that what's being run in this story is also information that's on the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner's website.

    By coincidence, I was wondering what was up with this two days ago and looked it up. So yes, no conspiracy.

    http://ocme.dc.gov/ocme/cwp/view,a,1260,q,560997.asp#10

    How long does it take to obtain autopsy reports?

    The length of time to receive an autopsy report varies on a case-by-case basis. In cases where an autopsy was not performed, a formal report is not provided. The OCME adheres to an established rule of priority for completing cases. Those that are a result of a homicide are completed within 60 days. For all other manners of death, the reports are completed within 90 days. However, cases that have very complicated circumstances require further investigation, or where additional testing is required, may take longer than the 60-90 day timeframe. The OCME will make an attempt to provide an estimation of time for case completion.

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    What does it mean if the death certificate reads "pending?"

    When the medical or law enforcement investigation is incomplete, a case is placed in a pending status. The most common tests needed are toxicological examinations. The issuance of a final death certificate may also be delayed due to pending further investigations, such as review of medical records, or completion of fire and/or police reports. Funeral arrangements need not be delayed because the death certificate reads “pending.” The decedent can be buried or cremated after an autopsy even though the cause and manner of death are pending. Every effort is made to complete cases promptly so that the death certificate may be completed.

  12. #12

    Noodlez --

    I think the one thing that would unite D.C. is if someone -- anyone, of any race -- ran over Dan Snyder with a bus. Whatever happens to Shanahan after that is just collateral damage.

  13. #13

    DREZ-SEE THIS IS WHERE YOU LOSE ME. CHARLES AND BROWN? DID THEY SPEND DC TAX PAYER MONEY IRRESPONSIBLY? DID THEY DEFAULT ON AND/OR DEFRAUD THE CITIZENS OF THIS CITY?

    WHERE DID THOMAS SLUSH FUND INVESTIGATION COME FROM? AND WHO IS CONDUCTING IT? IF YOU GIVE ME SOME OTHER NAME THAN NICKLES OR FENTY THEN YOU NEED TO SELF IMPOSE A COMMENTING BAN! CAN YOU TRACE IT BACK TO EARMARKS FOR HIMSELF? AS LONG AS HE GIVING THE MONEY TO THE COMMUNITY, YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS OR HAVING BENEFITS FOR THEM THEN I DON’T GIVE A FUCK. IF HE IS LINING HIS POCKETS LIKE CLAY DAVIS FROM THE WIRE THEN “SHEEEEIT” LOCK HIS ASS UP!

    MARC BARNES' BACK TAXES? WOW YOU ARE REALLY REACHING!! YOU WHITE FOLK SHOULD BE THANKING MR. BARNES. HE IS THE ONE WHO REALLY PUT U ST BACK ON THE MAP WITH REPUBLIC GARDENS WHICH LED TO THE STATE OF THE UNION’S POPULARITY WITH WHITE FOLK, WHICH LED TO THE MAJOR INSERTION OF WHITE FOLK MOVING TO THAT AREA AND FREQUENTING PARTS NORTH AND EAST OF 16TH AND U STS.

    SLIM, WE CAN BATTLECHAT OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS. BRING IT ON. WHEN I RUN OUTTA AMMO AND I GET ALL MACGYVER ON YOUR ASS WITH MY RANTS AND RAVES CHARGE IT TO MY HEAD AND NOT MY HEART. ¿COMPRENDE?

    LETS PARTY!

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    @TYPICAL- SEE IM AN ENDANGERED SPECIES. IM A NATIVE WASHINGTONIAN, BLACK MALE UNDER THE AGE OF 50, WHO IS NOT DEAD OR IN JAIL, WHO GREW UP IN THE BOWELS OF THIS CITY AND CAME OUT ON THE OTHER SIDE LIKE MY MAN ANDY DUFRANE IN SHAWSHANK. I CANT DWELL ON SHIT (SEE DREZ AND TRUTH HURTS COMMENTS FOR EXAMPLE) OR GET UPSET ABOUT SHIT OUTTA MY CONTROL AND LAVISH IN OTHER FOLKS MISTAKES THEY MADE. I’LL JUST MAKE A SMART ASS COMMENT ABOUT IT AND MOVE ON.

    YOU CAN’T MOVE FORWARD CONSTANTLY LOOKING BACK. TURN AROUND YOUNG MAN. TURN AROUND.

    FROM YOUR HANDLE, FROM IDIOTS LIKE MIKE SHANAHAN, TO ASSHOLES IN THE FORM OF ADRIAN FENTY AND RON MOTEN, IF DON’T THROW SOME OF THAT BS BACK YOU END UP BEING THE ONE ALL SHITTY.

  14. #14

    MAD MIKE I AGREE WITH YOU 100%.

    FUUUCCCCK! I HAVENT GOT OVER IT YET.

    2ND AND 10 THEY THROWING THE BALL DOWN FIELD UP 5 IN THE 4TH? DOWN 3 YOU GO FOR IT ON 4TH DOWN WITH OVER 2 MINUTES LEFT ON YOUR SIDE OF THE 50?

    I HAVE TO DEAL WITH THIS SHIT IN MY FRONTAL FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS AND FOR THE PAST FEW DAYS MY WIFE HAVE BEEN SUCKING UP BARTENURA MUSCATO TO DEAL WITH MY SKINS OBSESSION IT'S GOTTEN TO THE POINT WHERE SHE'S GONNA NEED A SPONSOR.

    SHANNY AND SNYDEE=PURE WASHINGTON DC BULL SHIT

  15. #15

    @whatkindofworlddowelivein
    They were drunk? We're going to need a citation on that.

  16. #16

    1. noodlez, you're barely under 50 and you sure talk about your past a lot for someone who claims to move forward! People who can see a good future in this city are just waiting for you and your old Jim Crow ass buddies to roll over.

    And 2, you can't be the real noodlez BECAUSE THE REAL NOODLEZ DOES NOT USE CAPS TO TALK ABOUT SPORTS!

  17. #17

    noodlez = niggaz

  18. #18

    Something stinks here like old baby diapers!

  19. #19

    @KEITH B.-SON YOUR WEAK ASS ATTEMPTS TO CALL ME OUT ARE GETTING A LIL' BIT STALKERISH!! YOU NEED TO FIND SOMEONE YOUR AGE TO PLAY WITH CUZ IM NOT THE ONE! SEE THE UNFORTUNATE PART FOR YOU AND YOURS IS MY OFFSPRING WILL CONTINUE MY SAME OL' JIM CROW WAYS HERE WHILE YOUR THE FOLKS OF YOUR ILK WILL CONTINUE TO RUN MILES AWAY TO COME OUT THE CLOSET.

    MAYBE YOUR MOMMA DIDNT TELL YA BUT BLACK, STRAIGHT MEN, REPRODUCE! JUST ASK HER.

    SEE ITS WHITE, BITCH BOYS LIKE YOU THAT WILL HAVE A HARD TIME BECAUSE THE TIDE IS GOING OUT AND TAKING THE SO CALLED WHITE MALE DOMINANCE IN THE U.S.A WITH IT! SO YOUR NOSTRADUMBASS PREDICTION WILL BE A TAD BIT OFF.

    SO STAY IN YOUR LANE CHUMP CUZ IMA FORD EXCURSION TO YOUR MULTICOLORED FIXIE AND THERE ARE NO BIKE LANES ON THIS HERE THREAD!

    AS TO YOUR 2ND POINT YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT noodlez DONT USE CAPS IN AND ON SPORTS COLUMNS, SITES OR BLOGS. MY COMMENT TO MAD MIKE WASNT ABOUT SPORTS PER SE BUT IT WAS ABOUT THE BULLSHITTING THAT OCCURED SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND THE FOLKS WHO WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR IT (NAMELY SNYDER AND SHANNY)THAT THEY SHOULD PUNISHED.

    MAYBE INSTEAD OF PUNISHING THEM WITH BODILY HARM AS MR MADDEN SUGGESTED THEY SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO READING THE WACK ASS COMMENTS YOU POST ON A DAILY BASIS. IM SURE AFTER A GOOD DOSE OF GAZING UPON YOUR LAME, GOOD FOR NOTHING OPINES THEY WILL MAKE BETTER DECISIONS AS IT PERTAINS TO MY BELOVED SKINS.

    NOW GET YOUR THUMB OUT YA ASS AND GO TELL YOU MOMMA THE NEXT SHE DROPS A CHILD ON THEIR HEAD IMA REPORT HER ASS TO DC SOCIAL SERVICES.

  20. #20

    I think this discussion needs more CAPS lock.

    Definitely needs more CAPS lock.

  21. #21

    NOODLEZ: You're an asshole. I've left you alone because you haven't bothered me (until #14 sucker punch). Your fans on this site are mostly low information, racist dumbasses. Keep playing to them if it gets you off. When/if you get serious and become civil, I'll take you seriously.

  22. #22

    What I do not understand is how anyone WITHOUT brain damage could argue FOR the goons who murdered this poor,unfortunate drunk!

    Anyone who “reasons” that an acceptable punishment for property damage is “immediate death by stomp down”, is racist trash who does not “get” the law of cause and effect.

    Ali was alive before fleeing from these murderers and, soon after(having had a great deal of his life and blood stomped out of him—and having had eyewitnesses testifying to this FACT), he was dead!! Voila! What is there to ponder or discuss or view as inconclusive???

    That coroner is clearly incompetent (and, probably, some other unacceptable things as well—the “ahole” should be charged with giving a false statement for one…) if he/she/it cannot clearly see bruises on Ali’s dead body resulting from having had the stuffing kicked out of him!!!

    I pray that his murderers be sent to the electric chair ASAFP!!! If that is too much to ask, then having them serve life in the Federal Pen as someone’s beyotch will do.

  23. #23

    DC is becoming a police state. There's a cop in the CVS on his cell phone. There's a cop in McDonalds on his laptop, there's a cop at the 7-11 eating donuts and drinking coffee, there's a cop every where I go. I don't want to spend my money in places where there is a DC cop all the time. it frightens me. When I spend my money I want to feel comfortable and here in DC places of businesses I don't feel comfortable with a DC cop looking over my shoulders. I want the DC cops in the streets where they belong fighting crime. If they are working these moonlights shifts, how much attention they are really paying to their real jobs on the beat 8 hours a day? I am sick of this!! I think I will start riding to Maryland to spend my money where I will feel comfortable. What about you? I am sick of this police state!!

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