The arrest of 14-year-old Muslim student Ahmed Mohamed after his homemade clock was mistakenly believed to be a bomb was met with widespread national criticism. One week later, Mohamed’s story continues. His family has now hired a team of lawyers to seek justice for the controversial arrest.
In the week since the arrest, the Mohamed family has unenrolled all three of their children from Irving schools in Texas due to what they see as religious persecution, and will begin homeschooling them, according to USA TODAY. The family has also received widespread national support, such as invitations from Facebook and various tech companies and even the White House.
In addition, Irving police announced Wednesday that they had notified the family that the clock could be retrieved any weekday from police headquarters. Ahmed’s father intends to pick up the clock in the near future.
However, the memory of the incident has stayed with the family, and they have hired a legal counsel consisting of lawyers Thomas Bowers and Reggie London to investigate police treatment of Mohamed. Bowers is well known for representing former stripper Jana Weckerly in her sexual assault case against Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
“There’s a problem when you have a 14-year-old child arrested in school and basically humiliated in front of his classmates, his teachers, his friends, and basically the whole world,” Bower said, according to the Dallas Morning News. “He may be smiling on the outside, but he’s having some issues.”
The lawyers plan to have a medical professional examine Mohamed while they investigate the school district and the city’s actions.
“I just want justice for the boy,” London stated.
Information for this article was taken from usatoday.com, dallasnews.com.