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1920dc Shut Down After Saturday Morning Homicide

by Borderstan.com February 25, 2013 at 8:00 am 2 Comments


1920dc was temporarily closed after Saturday morning’s homicide in front of the venue on 9th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com.

Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier temporarily shut down 1920dc, a hip hop bar 1920 9th Street NW, following a homicide outside the premises early Saturday morning. The shutdown went into effect late Saturday and lasts for 96 hours.

Derek Spicer, 24, was arrested and charged with first degree murder while armed in the death of Joseph Hardin, 30 (Arrest Made in Saturday Morning 9th Street Homicide). There are conflicting reports as to the events leading up to the shooting death of Hardin.

A manager of 1920dc told The Washington Post that Hardin had been in an argument in the bar earlier in the night but had left the premises. The manager said he went outside and saw a verbal dispute with Hardin and three other men. A gunman, who the manager claims had not been in the bar that evening, approached Hardin from across the street and shot him multiple times.

However, according to a report from ABC 7, both Hardin and Spicer had been in the bar and began arguing inside the premises before leaving. Based on that report, the shooting occurred about 10 to 15 minutes after both men left the bar.

According to a police report, an officer responding to the shooting saw Spicer running towards him wearing a mask. He was apprehended after dropping a handgun on the street.

Lanier has the authority to temporarily close establishments serving alcohol for up to 96 hours under the Emergency Suspension of Liquor Licenses Act of 2005. Such closures can occur when “The Chief of Police finds that continued operation of this establishment would present an imminent danger to the health, safety, and welfare of the public; that there is an additional imminent danger to the health and welfare of the public by not closing this establishment; and that there is no immediately available measure to ameliorate these findings.”

Lanier has previously used her authority under the Emergency Suspension of Liquor Licenses Act of 2005 to close Heritage India, Mood Lounge, Tabaq Bistro, Indulj and Tap & Parlour after violent incidents. All these establishments later reopened after hearings before the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

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  • Confused

    1. I love this place.
    2. I hate how one isolated situation can sour a space that promotes the beauty of hiphop.

    3. I don’t understand Lanier’s power. I say this because as some know and other don’t. A few months ago In Columbia Heights a corner store was caught selling drugs out of it. The location was never closed. No 96 hours were given to investigate nothing. The owner in this case pleaded guilty http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/youngandhungry/2012/11/02/carryout-owner-pleads-guilty-to-distributing-crack-cocaine/
    4. This past weekend in Parkview the corner store across the street from a school and rec center was also caught selling drugs. It is still open. No 96 hours. nothing.

    I understand the severity of the homicide but why aren’t we taking the same steps in all cases where illegal activity is happening. It’s unfair and looks like 1920 is getting the short end of the stick!

    • Cody

      Thanks for your comments. I’m working on a new post on this now. The full revocation of the license in this case was actually based on repeated incidents of serving alcohol after-hours, not on the homicide on Saturday. These incidents are from 2008-2011, so before 1920dc opened but they share a liquor license with Asefu’s Yegna Restaurant.

      The DC Fish Carryout case is still working its way through ABRA- they had a hearing February 13, but the Government asked to continue the case until April 3. I would imagine their alcohol license will be suspended at some point.

      Lanier’s power under the 2005 Emergency Suspension of Liquor Licenses Act of 2005 has typically been used to temporarily shut down establishments only after a violent incident has occurred on or near the premises.


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