This case presented a unique set of circumstances whereby the initial reports from witnesses indicated that Mr. Mohammed was beaten to death. The Metropolitan Police Department made arrests based on those initial reports and all of the information that was available at the time. The Medical Examiners office ruled the case a homicide, and indicated that the restraint of Mr. Mohammed was one of the contributing factors in his death. The original accounts by witnesses was not discovered to be mistaken or inaccurate until a more comprehensive review of the medical and forensic evidence was done by detectives and prosecutors. With all of the additional information, the United States Attorney’s office has concluded that a prosecution in this case would be impossible because there is no evidence to suggest that the restraint of Mr. Mohammed was illegal. It is always tragic when a young person’s life ends prematurely. The Metropolitan Police Department would again like to express our deepest sympathy to the family of Ali Ahmed Mohammed.
Metropolitan Police Department