City Desk

The Scene Outside DC9

With a convoy of news vans parked along 9th Street NW, about 30 supporters of Ali Ahmed Mohammed gathered outside DC9 as night deepened. According to community activist Roger Gordon, it wasn't a protest, and there was some general confusion as to the message the group was there to convey to reporters. For his part, Gordon wanted to say this: "The bar still needs to close." He says the Alcoholic Beverage Control board "overstepped" when it allowed DC9 to reopen after the liquor license suspension that came down in connection to Mohammed's death.

Supporter Kidane Gezny was there to say that he was happy. Since the D.C. Medical Examiner earlier released findings that declared Mohammed's death outside DC9 on Oct. 15 a homicide, Gezny is convinced the American justice system works. "Justice is coming around," he said. "The examiner did their job." As for the other stuff the examiner said, the stuff about Mohammed's death being caused by things like alcohol and delirium as well as being restrained by DC9 employees following Mohammed breaking a window, Genzy is incredulous: "He was beaten. The alcohol thing didn't kill him. They chased him and beat him."

Friend and frequent media representative for Mohammed's family Andrew Laurence, on the other hand, merely wanted to convey gratitude. "They're pleased with the result of the medical examiner," he said of the family. "And look forward to the U.S. Attorney's office following up. Of course, this doesn't bring Ali back."

How prosecutors will follow-up is still an open question. Though the fact that medical examiner ruled Mohammed's death a homicide might seem to indicate foul play, it's been argued that the five men who are thought to have restrained Mohammed were merely making a citizen's arrest.

Photo by Rend Smith

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  • DCAV8R

    Seriously? The ME will have mud on their face. The guy was drunk, obviously on drugs and having a psychotic episode. The proof is in the pudding. The police said he was 'savagely beaten". These people then paraded around making it sound like he was. Obviously, they were wrong as the ME didn't find any trauma. The lawyers for the 5 guys being wrongly accused will have a field day with this if they bring charges. Support DC9!

  • Rick Mangus

    'DCAV8R' You're a TOOL!

  • OverEd

    Thank you Dr.Gezny for your second opinion. What's that? Your not a Doctor? But you were incredulous about the ME's report! Almost like you knew what you were talking about. The ME's finding doesn't rule out possible causation from a beating. It is simply the report on the victim's COD.

  • We Hate Rick Mangus

    Rick you need to get a life, and quite persecuting the DC9 5 deuce.

  • Sally

    The city should just write the DC9 people a check for defamation.

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  • Rick Mangus

    'We Hate Rick Mangus', Guess what, I'm going to file a citizens complaint myself with ABRA to shut down you're trendy little bar, Merry Christmas!

  • Northwesterner

    Rick, most people who dislike you have nothing to do with that bar. You're a self-deceived fool and I've never in my life set foot in DC9. Grow up, you write like you're 12.

  • We Hate Rick Mangus

    Internet tough guy.

  • Concerned

    The autopsy report did not find he was beaten. Read it before you speak.

    The cause of death was: excited delirium associated with arrhythmogenic cardiac anomalies, alcohol intoxication and physical exertion with restraint.

    Absolutely nowhere does it say he died of any injury whatsoever!

    Excited Delirium is the sudden and seemingly inexplicable death of a highly agitated subject being held in police custody. In most of these cases, the force required to restrain or incapacitate the suspect was not sufficient to cause death. Frequently drug intoxication is considered as a contributing factor or cause of death. There are abnormalities in the brain that define and confirm the occurrence of the excited delirium syndrome.

    He didn't die because he was restrained, he died because he fought being restrained, although he demostrated he was highly agitated prior to being restrained. Remember the whole attacking the club with bricks simply for being denied entrance?

    The fact is, no matter who caught him the end result would have been the same. It's tragic but true.

    Blame his medical defects, or blame his intoxication (where was he drinking before appearing at DC9?) but don't blame the staff at DC9. They did NOTHING wrong!

  • Concerned 2

    Concerned, the staff did not have to chase or restrain him at all. And if they hadn't done that, he wouldn't have died, whether he fought or not. As soon as you lay a hand on someone against their will, that's assault.

    But yes, Rick Mangus needs his internet taken away.

  • raindog

    Actually, concerned 2, the employees did nothing illegal in restraining Ali Mohammed after he threw a brick threw the window. It's in the DC Code, look it up.

  • opat

    I think this one sentence says it all, "They're pleased with the result of the medical examiner." I would like to say that I am also glad he is dead.

  • justice

    Opat. You are stupid white trash .I think you and your mother are crackheads.

  • DCBARTENDER

    It's time for the ABRA to do what it normally would do in a case of extreme alcohol intoxication leading to an individuals death and go after the bar that served him. Would it be too politicly outrageous to now go and shut down an Ethiopian bar? I've only set foot in DC 9 a couple of times and I definatly eat in little Ethiopia all the time and I can tell that Kathy Lanier, DC police and all of the major news outlets did an amazing PR job against the DC 9 five. Most of the Ethiopians I've talked to truly believe that Ali was beaten to death. DC 9 and the five employees should have the mother of all defamation suits to look forward too.

  • OverEd

    @justice - curious - you know Opat is white...how?

  • noodlez

    DC9 IS DONE!

    ALL YOU PUNK ASS CRACKERS SUPPORTING DC9 NEED TO FIND SOMEWHERE ELSE TO PLAY YOUR WACK ASS GARAGE TUNES.

    FALLS CHURCH GOT A NICE SPOT. WHY DONT YALL SET UP CAMP THERE?!!!

    THE SAD PART OF ALL THIS IS THAT ALL YOU BITCH ASS MUTHA FUCKERS WILL BE FREE AND STILL TALKIN SHIT WHILE SOMEONE LOST THEIR LIFE AND 5 MORE WILL LOSE TIME WITH THEIRS BECAUSE SOME STUPID PUNK ASS WHITEY SAID "LETS GET EM"!

    @OverEd-EVERYONE SUPPORTING DC9 IS WHITE. WHERE YOU BEEN?

  • Truth Hurts

    Forgive me, for I likely will regret this post.

    noodlez, in his fake ghetto way, gets this one mostly right.

  • Rick Mangus

    It's so nice to see how many customers of DC9 would sell their souls for a free drink, how pathetic! 'noodles' you're right, the DC9 crowd are nothing but fake, white trust fund babies, who talk shit about social justice but not if it interrupts their fun!

  • MikeTorrez

    Did any of you read the report? NO WHERE DOES IT SAY HE WAS BEATEN TO DEATH! The police lied.

  • Rick Mangus

    'MikeTorrez' another Borg Drone who is part of the DC9 hive mind!

  • noodlez

    @Truth Hurts- AND A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU MY COMMENTING CRONY. LIL BABY JESUS WOULD BE PROUD.

    YO MANGY "LETS GET'EM"!

  • Rick Mangus

    'noodlez', you bet!

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