Friday, November 5, 2010

Charges Against DC9 Employees DROPPED

According to the City Paper and DCist, the United States Attorney's Office announced today that it has dropped all charges againt the five DC9 employees accused of assaulting/murdering Ali Ahmed Mohammed.

The USAO released this statement, as reported by the City Paper:

Our work is not done. The tragic death of Ali Ahmed Mohammed demands that we undertake a careful and comprehensive investigation to determine precisely how he died. Today’s action was taken after a detailed examination of the evidence gathered during the first three weeks of the investigation and a determination that we need more information before moving forward. Our investigation will be informed by pending forensic analyses and the ruling of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on the cause and manner of death, important factors in any death inquiry.

The search for justice cannot be rushed, and we will continue to pursue an active and vigorous inquiry. This is a time of unbearable grief for Mr. Mohammed’s family and friends. We thank them for their patience and understanding as we continue our work.

So, not even an assault charge. Clearly, the door remains open for any and/or all of the individuals--Bill Spieler, Darryl Carter, Evan Preller, Reginald Phillips and Arthur Zaloga--to be charged again, depending upon the results of the DC Medical Examiner's report.

But still, this is a shocking turn of events. I'm inclined to believe what a DCist commenter wrote: someone f'ed up bigtime.


Anonymous said...

The examiner could not conclude his death was due to the beating? Is this a joke? That examiner's credentials need to be reviewed.

Mr. 14th & You said...

The examiner hasn't ruled on anything yet.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Nov 6, 2010 - What was your analysis when you were examining the corpse? What evidence do you cite to? Oh, you never actually saw the body? You mean you don't know what you're talking about? The details of that night are sketchy at best. There are a lot of questions, and while it may not be the most probable if you are going strictly off the hasty statements made by our irresponsible public officials, it is possible that these guys are not responsible for the death. I'm not saying that they're not, just that people shouldn't be so quick to assume facts they don't know.

Anonymous said...

Maybe there weren't any brusies on him. Maybe he died because of whatever he was on that night.