So I got this in my inbox this morning re: some Law & Order shit that went down at DC9 last night
Dear Friends, there was tragedy last night in the vicinity of 9th and Florida.
I have spoken to various people this morning and there are questions unanswered.
But, according to MPD information, here are what appear to be the basic facts:
An intoxicated person was put out of DC-9 at 1940 9th St. He returned and somehow managed to gain admittance. And was put out again. He then returned and threw two bricks (perhaps at one of the employees?) which broke the window. (Earlier that night, another patron had punched and broken a window, he was arrested for that again earlier in the evening.)
Bar employees chased the man down to the 2000 block, caught him and beat him. MPD arrived and he was transported to the hospital where he died.
Five DC 9 employees have been arrested and charged, some—at this hour– with homicide. Arraignment is this afternoon.
There are questions unresolved in this matter. But MPD is now considering using the emergency police powers of the MPD Chief to shut the establishment for up to 96 hours, allowing the ABC board hold a hearing to consider possible suspension of the alcohol license.
More as additional information is released. Bests Councilmember Jim Graham
Something’s not adding up…..I can’t imagine anyone at DC9 have a rage-out and beating some guy to death.
So we’ve decided to write Jim Graham back:
Hi Jim -This is Jason from BrightestYoungThings. We’ve worked together in the past, and I understand you’ve been a big booster (thanks!), but today I’m writing as a constituent, and on behalf of the editorial staff and contributors to BYT, in support of DC9 given recent events.
What happened last night was, of course, an avoidable tragedy, and one that should and will be prosecuted against whatever individuals (employees or otherwise) perpetrated it. That being said, the notion that that event resulted from systemic problems at DC9 itself runs counter to our seven years of experience as patrons of that venue. DC9 is, and has always been, one of a couple venues in DC that consistently creates an environment where neighborhood and out of town patrons alike can enjoy new bands before they’re discovered by the rest of the world (e.g. one of those acts – the XX – played DC9 last december and just sold out the 9:30 Club.) For years, all of us at BYT have enjoyed shows, hosted events, and made hundreds of friends in a safe and respectful environment that is much more indicative of DC9 than last night’s tragedy would suggest. I can’t state how strongly DC9′s role has been in strengthening DC’s nascent reputation as a city of youth culture. It’s not just another nightclub, and it deserves all of our support.I understand – and appreciate – that DC9 will now be coming up for all sorts of appropriate and important review from the city and ABRA. I’m hoping that throughout this process the actions of those individuals can be properly distinguished from the venue itself, and that the full nature of DC9 – the way it’s run, the contribution it makes to our city, and its history as a safe, respectful, and important venue – will be given a chance to be properly illustrated. If there are any opportunities for us to add to this letter – at hearings or otherwise – please let me know. In the meantime, I’m hoping you’ll add our collective voice to what should be an outpouring of support for DC9. Thanks, Jim.
-Jason + Brightest Young Things.