Ahmed Mohamed, the high schooler who gained national attention when he was handcuffed for bringing his homemade clock to school, is now suing his hometown of Irving, Texas, alleging civil rights violations.
Mohamed, the child of Sudanese immigrants, was suspended and arrested last September after teachers mistook his harmless project for a suicide bomb. In the outcry that followed, Mohamed’s story became a flashpoint in the argument about racial profiling. Mohamed was accused of perpetrating a hoax, playing up the issue for publicity, and was ultimately invited to the White House.
The city’s mayor said at the time that the Irving PD and school officials had behaved in accordance with policy. Mohamed was released without being charged. The family moved to Qatar one month later.
In a lawsuit filed this week in federal court, Mohamed is alleging a pattern of discrimination in the years leading up to his high-profile arrest.
Last November, the family reportedly issued a letter demanding $5 million and an apology from the school district and $10 million from the city of Irving.
Sam Reisman (@thericeman) is a staff editor at Mediaite.
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