Family of man killed outside DC9 file lawsuit

The family of a Silver Spring man who died outside a District nightclub filed a $15 million lawsuit Friday in D.C. Superior Court against the club’s owners and its employees.

The family of Ali Ahmed Mohammed sued the owners and employees of DC9 for “intentional or negligent use of force and restraint” against Mohammed. Eight of the club’s owners and employees were named in the suit.

Authorities said on Oct. 15, 2010, Mohammed, 27, threw a brick through the window of the club located at 1940 Ninth St. NW, after he was denied admission. Police said the club employees chased Mohammed, and he was fatally injured after a physical encounter with them.

A D.C. medical examiner ruled the death a homicide and several bar employees were originally charged with murder. Those charges were later dropped because the autopsy was unable to reveal any injuries consistent with a brutal beating. The decision sparked outrage and protests from hundreds including Mohammed’s family and friends.

Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.

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