A former leader of a local Black Lives Matter group has been arrested.
Mazin M. Mohamedali, 20, was arrested Saturday for allegedly lying about a fatal shooting that took place in his apartment, the Washington Examiner reported.
Lying to the police
This situation began with the death of 19-year-old Quincy Russom.
According to law enforcement, Russom was killed in Mohamedali’s Iowa apartment in February during a suspected robbery. Rather than immediately calling police, Mohamedali waited 30 minutes to call 911.
Authorities said that when Mohamedali did finally contact the police, he provided them with false descriptions of the individuals who were involved in the death of Russom. He also allegedly lied during police questioning, and withheld information about the suspect of the killing, Sammy Hamed, delaying Hamed’s capture.
According to The Gazette, police believe Mohamedali had specific knowledge that Hamed had murdered Russom. In addition to all of this, authorities said Mohmaedali deleted the call history as well as his Snapchat app on his phone.
Authorities arrested Mohamedali on Saturday and charged him with one count of accessory after the fact — an aggravated misdemeanor.
According to The Gazette, Mohamedali was once the leader of a local Black Lives Matter group in Iowa City and was also at one time the leader of a similar racial justice group called the Iowa Freedom Riders.
This most recent arrest wasn’t Mohamedali’s first run in with the law. According to the Examiner, it is at least his third arrest, two of which, including the most recent, revolve around the Rossum case.
Mohamedali was previously arrested after police executed a search warrant of his apartment following the killing of Rossum. During that search, police found ecstasy pills as well as over 50 grams of marijuana. Mohamedali’s trial for this case is scheduled for the end of August.
The third arrest occurred last summer during a Black Lives Matter protest in Iowa City, in which Mohamedali was involved. Rioters tore down a $5,000 fence that had been erected to protect the Old Capitol Museum.
Despite facing six different charges for the incident, including a felony, Mohamedali only pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor.