DC9 Suspension to Remain in Effect

by Borderstan.com November 17, 2010 at 6:15 pm 2,345 2 Comments

From Tom Hay


Protesters gather outside ABRA Headquarters on U Street as hearing on DC9 nightclub gets underway. (Tom Hay)

The DC Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board ruled unanimously to deny a motion for reconsideration on the reopening of the DC9 nightclub.

The nightclub, located at 1940 9th St. NW, was the scene of an altercation between Ali Mohammed and DC9 staff in the early morning hours of Oct. 15. Mohammed died later that day and a medical examiner’s on the cause of death has yet to be released. The full medical examiner’s report could take up to 90 days to complete.

The hearing, before a packed room of spectators and a crowd of protestors outside, gave DC9’s representative Andrew Kline an opportunity to present to the Board more details on the club’s enhanced security.

The government’s attorney, Louise Phillips, argued that more time was needed to review the security plan. In the end, the Board did not have enough assurances and the suspension remains in effect.

Criminal charges against the five DC9 employees involved in the altercation were dropped on Nov. 5th, but those charges could be filed again as the investigation into Mohammed’s death continues. The next hearing is scheduled for Dec. 1.

More details on today’s hearing are available from TBD.


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