Remember being accused of doing something wrong as a teen and fighting back because you did not commit the act? Now, imagine being arrested for it.
The case of an Irving student, who many believe was wrongfully arrested, has generated widespread attention. The boy, Ahmed Mohamed, 14, was pulled out of class in handcuffs after bringing a digital clock he built to school that was mistaken by officials as a bomb.
Mohamed, who excels in science and technology classes, wanted to show his engineering teacher the clock he built on September 14. The teacher allegedly told him that what he built was nice, but advised him not to show any other teachers. However, during his English class, the device beeped, allegedly annoying his teacher, who had him bring it to her.
The teacher allegedly kept the clock until later in the day, and Mohamed was pulled out of class by a principal and police officer. “They interrogated me and searched through my stuff and took my tablet and my invention,” Mohamed said, according to CNN. “They were like, ‘So you tried to make a bomb?’ I told them no, I was trying to make a clock.”
He was then taken to police headquarters, handcuffed and fingerprinted. During questioning, the officers allegedly brought up Mohamed’s last name multiple times. He reportedly asked to call his parents, but was told he could not until the interrogation was over.
Mohamed’s case later went viral on the internet, creating a backlash, with some people saying his legal rights were disregarded, along with allegations of racism. After attention began to mount, the Irving Police Department announced that he would not be charged with any crimes. The Irving Independent School District declined to comment about the case.
President Barack Obama weighed in on the situation on Twitter, inviting Mohamed to the White House. “Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great,” Obama tweeted.
Our Lewisville Criminal Attorneys Represent Teens Who Are Wrongfully Arrested
While Mohamed was not charged with a crime, unfortunately, many Texas teens who are wrongfully arrested are. Often, teens are charged with crimes like theft or assault, and they do not receive legal representation, which can lead to increased penalties and fines due to a lack of assistance.
Last April, we wrote a blog post discussing what you should do if your teen is arrested. Make sure you immediately contact our Lewisville criminal attorneys. Additionally, tell him or her not to say anything to officers until a lawyer is present.
Julian, Crowder & Shuster, P.C. – Lewisville Criminal Attorneys