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City Blocked Liquor Board From Seeing MPD’s DC9 File

Before the Alcoholic Beverage Control board gave the go-ahead for DC9 to reopen, they tried to get a look at Ali Ahmed Mohammed's homicide investigation.The administrators subpoenaed information related to MPD's still open case, but Attorney General Peter Nickles ran interference by filing a motion to quash the request.

"The subpoena requests the production of a copy of all MPD documents related to a homicide that occurred on October 15, 2010 at 9th Street and U Street N.W., Washington D.C.  for a summary suspension hearing to be held on December 1, 2010 at 10:00 a.m." the motion reads. "The subpoena should be quashed because the requested documents are confidential under the law enforcement privilege."

The board wanted to view the documents because it was pondering DC9's liquor license suspension, but the motion to quash was granted. Cops originally contended that employees of DC9 beat Mohammed to death after he threw a brick through the nightclub's window. The employees were arrested for murder. Those charges were eventually downgraded and then dropped, but not without a catch. Prosecutors can refile later. "We have every faith that the U.S. Attorney will ultimately charge the party responsible for the tragic death of Ali Mohammed," MPD said in a statement about the dropped charges.

Prosecutors have given the impression they're waiting on the autopsy report. One strange thing about Nickle's motion is that it lists what the confidential "investigative files contain," and "autopsy reports" is listed, though it hasn't been released.

D.C. Medical Examiner's office  spokesperson Beverly Fields suggests the list might refer to items that are generally in an investigative file, instead of specifically in Mohammed's. MPD hasn't responded to an e-mail asking about the file.

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  • Rick Mangus

    This is a cover-up plain and simple and Peter Nickles has NO right to take this action unless there is something to hide! The family needs to contact the FBI on this matter, otherwise justice will not be served!

  • downtown rez

    The ABRA board members, while good people with an important job to do, are not any sort of Grand Jury.
    They've no right to materials important to an active criminal investigation.

  • Mario

    "...related to a homicide that occurred ..."
    If the case is still considered a homicide, where are the charges? Is MPD really still collecting evidence/information? More likely they're scrambling to cover their asses on a completely botched investigation. Not to mention that the autopsy report has certainly been completed, but they won't release it. Typical Nickles/MPD BS.

  • Phil Lepanto

    I agree with downtown rez, this is one of those things where a court of law needs to go through a complete process to determine what happened and the ABRA Board is not the right venue for review of the evidence.

  • Rick Mangus

    I'm reading some of these comments and NO ONE IS OUTRAGED by this case! ABRA has the right looking out for the public intrest and safety to review this case and make a determanation. It seems that the people who read these columns and this paper get more pissed-off about stupid bike lanes then this MURDER CASE!

  • BB

    Well Rick, perhaps it isn't a murder case. There is this thing called, innocent until proven guilty. And if it's determined that Muhammed died from alcohol poisoning, what will you say then?

  • Rick Mangus

    'BB', there were many cases of black men hanging from trees in the south in the 20th century, I guess they died of natural causes as well!

  • Robert

    Mangus, what the hell does that have to do with this situation? it seems you are one of those "don't confuse me with facts, my mind is made up" types.

  • Rick Mangus

    'Robert', it's like this, Mr Mohammed did not die of natural causes or suicide just like those black men in the south and don't you find it very, very strange that there is no final M.E. report? This case needs to be investigation by the U.S. Justice Dept., NOW!

  • dcblkwoman

    I agree with Rick. This case needs to be handle by outsiders to make sure everything is on the up and up. Although, I'm sure that the ME's office is making sure everything is in line before releasing the information.this is important to the case. I just pray that the family gets some answers soon.

  • tony smith

    This is disgusting. They are waiting on the autopsy report, but it is already available? I'm a lawyer, folks. Let me tell you what they are waiting on: for witnesses to forget enough details about what happened so that their statements become inconsistent. At that point, they will say the case isn't strong enough to go to trial.

  • tony smith

    PS:This will never go to trial.

  • fear the hawk

    Agree with those concerned that this case is being set up to just go away. My worst suspicion is that Ali was beaten by someone affiliated with DC9, then neglected by the police. So it's in both their interests for this to go away. Handshakes all around. I'm more than willing for someone to prove me wrong about this, but the silence is telling.

  • Rick Mangus

    'fear the hawk', you're RIGHT!

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