DC9 Club Can Re-Open Dec. 15th

DC9 pictured in October.

TBD’s Sommer Mathis has the scoop on the Dec. 15th opening date after attending the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board meeting this afternoon. She writes:

“A status hearing was held today on the club’s license, which was suspended indefinitely after five of the club’s employees were arrested for assault in relation to a man’s death outside of the club in October.”

We last spoke about the case on Nov. 1st, we spoke about the vigil here and here and spoke about the original incident here and here on Oct. 15th.

Do you think it makes sense that the club is allowed to reopen before the autopsy report is issued?

DC9 is located at 1940 9th Street NW.

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  • So what gives. Last I heard charges were dropped? Any news after that as to why? And what on earth is taking the autopsy so long?

  • Wooo! and the liberation dance party continues!

  • This is what I have gathered from it.

    1. The workers/owner of this establishment probably contributed to the death.

    2. Have to wait for the autopsy to prove it.

    3. In our country authorities can’t just hold you indefinitely or without bail or charges and whatnot — and charges depend on the autopsy. Charges can be brought up again when the autopsy is finished.

    4. In America, you are innocent until proven guilty. But this is DC, and the ANC immediately shut down DC9 and the livelihood of all those in its employ.

    I think #4 is pretty crummy so I am glad it is open again for the time being.

    I personally think #1 is pretty obvious and charges will be reinstated.

    I’m not sure about the legality of shutting the place down IF they ARE convicted. Clearly the ANC can do whatever it wants so I guess I should say I’m not sure about the philosphy/ethics/etc. behind that decision.

    I think this story is really interesting and have been trying to follow it.

  • Hurray!

  • Fair.

    This event made everyone look bad, except maybe Englert. He had to walk a real fine line to get DC9 opened again, while making sure to leave a door open to former employees — some of whom might actually be 100% innocent and are now up to their eyeballs in debt.

  • Yup, makes sense.

  • The investigators need to show causation between a beating by those employed by the club and the death of Ali. The lawyer of the family addresses that issue in the quote below. He states that the investigation will show that “prior to being chased and assaulted by some or all of these individuals, Ali was alive and healthy.”

    Mohammed’s family, in a statement released by their attorney, Billy Martin, continued its call for justice. “The family is heartbroken and continues to grieve over the loss of Ali. The family and community are saddened by this dismissal because justice for Ali will be delayed. The dismissal of these charges does not terminate the investigation into Ali’s killing. The family remains confident that a full and complete investigation will reveal that prior to being chased and assaulted by some or all of these individuals, Ali was alive and healthy…”

  • Finally! I’ll be there when it opens, protesters or not.

  • I hope that the first band to play there when it’s reopened doesn’t cover “Brick” by Albert Collins or “Another Brick in the Wall” by Pink Floyd.

  • Any business owner has a right to protect it’s property in any means necessary. This culture of throwing bricks and destroying properties and creating terror gets a person killed in any part of the world including the deceased’s native country Ethiopia . Ali Mohammed very well knew what he was geting into when he threw that brick and smashed the night club’s window as he is from Ethiopia and Ethiopia got numerous between thugs destroying businesses and business people protecting their businesses. It could be considered as a death wish on the side of Ali Mohammed for doing what he did..I would like to mention Just a few of the similar instances that took place in Ethiopia . In 2005 more than three hundred brick throwing people terrorizing customers and businesses were shot dead by the property owners during the act in Addis Ababa Capital city of Ethiopia , in July of 2002, 200 Mazengers tribe members — neighbours to the Anuak tribes in Gambella region were also killed, In 2001, 100 Sidamo tribe members were also killed for destroying properties. More brick throwing Ethiopians were killed were killed in 1992 in Badenyo , Ethiopia and in Arba Gogu , Ethiopia. In all few .this is a trend that is very well terrorizing East Africa. I say remember the Oromo tribe people about the tens of thousands of their people who have been beaten, tortured, imprisoned and murdered in the last twenty years for destroying private properties whgo finally are stoping this behavior. The business owners were simply protecting their business and none of the business owners or employees were charged for protecting their businesses and they were found with compliance to the law . Donot expect the law to be any different in Washington DC too ,what wa done was done to protect the bread and butter of hard working Americans and civilization as a whole. Let this be a lesson to anyone out there that think just because this is a free country they can get away with such acts ..

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