The teenager from Irving who was arrested last September after bringing a homemade clock to school filed a lawsuit on Monday. Police officers put then 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed into handcuffs and walked him out of MacArthur High School when his clock was mistaken for a bomb.
Mohamed is a Muslim, and his lawyers have said that his civil rights were violated. “These acts by the authorities show blatant disregard for the civil rights of this American,” said attorney Susan Hutchison in a statement.
At a press conference on Monday morning, Hutchison outlined how, she believes, that the city and the school district violated Mohamed’s civil rights. “They knew it wasn’t a bomb,” she said, showing off the device — no bigger than a pencil box. And yet, the attorney continued, officers still took the teen into custody hours later.
Police refused to notify the boy’s parents, and principal Daniel Cummings allegedly told Mohamed to sign a written statement or be expelled from classes. Then, even after police acknowledged that the homemade clock was not a bomb, the teen was still suspended from school for three days.