On June 10, 2011, at approximately 2:20 am, two patrons were at the Lotus nightclub located at 1420 K Street, NW, when they became involved in a fight with several unknown individuals, some of whom were thought to be bouncers at the nightclub. After the fight, one of the patrons was transported by car to a local hospital.
Hospital staff notified MPD and First District detectives responded to the hospital and began investigating the incident.
During the course of the investigation, video was recovered from the Lotus nightclub. While reviewing the video, First District detectives recognized what they believed to be First District officers Kenneth McRavin, Thaddeus Modlin, and Nikeith Goins as being involved in the incident. The detectives were able to confirm the identities of the officers and determine that they were off duty at the time of the incident.
Internal Affairs Division was notified of the allegations and all three officers were placed on Administrative Leave with Pay. The case was reassigned to an agent of the Internal Affairs Division and referred to the United States Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
On June 27, 2012, nine people were indicted for their involvement in this incident. Four of the people indicted were officers assigned to the First District including officer Yolonda Lampkin.
“I am proud of our First District detectives for demonstrating the integrity that we expect from all of our law enforcement officers. There are no exceptions for those who violate the law. This reinforces our message that violence will not be tolerated no matter who you are," said Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier.
“This is a harsh reminder for all law enforcement personnel that just because we are trusted with enforcing laws, that doesn’t mean we are exempt from abiding by the same laws and standards as the people we serve, on or off duty.”