Ahmed Mohamed—the teen who brought a homemade clock to school and was arrested because a teacher thought it was a bomb—is, along with his family, suing the city of Irving and its school district for $15 million and a gaggle of apologies. Ahmed’s not fucking around.
The family’s attorney sent a letter to Irving School District and the city claiming Ahmed’s civil rights were violated, according to Dallas-Fort Worth’s WFAA-TV. The communication also notes that he and his family have “suffered physical and mental anguish” from the incident earlier this year when Ahmed was targeted “because of his race, national origin, and religion.”
The Mohamed family want $10 million from the city and $5 million from the school district of his former high school, MacArthur. In September, Ahmed’s father said the family was investigating other institutions for the teen, probably one where his interest in the sciences aren’t mistaken for bomb threats.
As for the apologies, the Mohamed family would like one from Irving’s Mayor Beth Van Duyne “acknowledging that she has never been presented with any evidence that Ahmed was a ‘pawn’ in any ‘civilization jihad’ nor that his family was part of some larger ‘influence operation.’ And from Irving Police Chief Larry Boyd, the family would like to hear that Ahmed “never intended to threaten anyone, and that his detention, interrogation and arrest were wrongful and were made at a point in time when there was no reasonable suspicion to believe that Ahmed had committed a crime or was about to commit any crime.”
An attorney for the Mohamed family promised take civil action if their money and apologies don’t show up within 60 days. Again, Ahmed’s not fucking around.
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