A former Black Lives Matter-affiliated protest leader and social justice activist in Iowa was just arrested in connection with a murder that occurred at his residence and now faces a charge of accessory after the fact, as the Washington Examiner reports.
According to Iowa City Police, self-proclaimed leader of the Iowa Freedom Riders racial justice activist group, Mazin Mohamedali, 20, possessed — but withheld — knowledge that a man named Sammy Imaedeen Hamed played a role in the deadly shooting back in February. That incident left 19-year-old Quincy Russom dead.
Police allege that Mohamedali failed to call 911 immediately after the killing and gave false descriptions of individuals involved in the event and other facets of the circumstances that led to the underlying crime, as Iowa City ABC affiliate station KCRG noted.
The criminal complaint against Mohamedali also accuses him of scrubbing his cell phone call log and his Snapchat history to conceal information from law enforcement. An affidavit in support of the complaint indicates that a recording was made of a conversation in which Mohamedali admitting lying to police about the number of people involved in the killing so as to conceal details about the guns being investigated in connection to the murder.
Mohamedali has a lengthy history of run-ins with the police, as the Examiner reports that earlier this year, he was arrested subsequent to the execution of a search warrant at his apartment. More than 56 grams of marijuana were found, together with dozens of ecstasy pills, revelations that led to criminal charges on which he will face trial in late summer.
More notably, however, Mohamedali was arrested in Iowa City last June during protests in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis that spanned the course of several days.
According to the Iowa City Press-Citizen, the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety reported that Mohamedali was “kicking a plywood board partition multiple times” in an attempt to take down a fence erected to protect the Old Capitol Building. He was also accused of spray painting sections of sidewalk in front of the city’s Old Capitol Museum, among other offenses.
The University of Iowa Public Safety Department charged Mohamedali with criminal mischief and trespassing, and the Iowa City Police Department filed charges of unlawful assembly and disorderly conduct for actions he took over the course of several days. He was also charged with violating his probation related to a prior conviction for second-degree armed robbery, according to the Press-Citizen.
Unfortunately for those who value law and order, the Daily Iowan reported in late June that most of the charges stemming from Mohamedali’s involvement in protests were ultimately dropped due to – as one of his defense attorneys put it – “the importance of the conversation that…protests…are forcing on our broader community.” Given the seriousness of his latest charge, however, hopefully this perennial criminal will finally face justice.