Attorneys representing the family of Ahmed “clock kid” Mohamed sent a letter to Irving, Texas, officials demanding $15 million in compensation for “damages” as well as written apologies from the city’s mayor and police chief.
U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd R) talks with 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed (C) during the second Astronomy Night on the South Lawn of the White House October 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. Invited to the White House for the science event, Mohamed was handcuffed and questioned by police last month when he brought a homemade electronic clock to class at MacArthur High School in Irving, TX, and officials mistook it for a bomb. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
The letter, obtained by Dallas Morning News reporter Avi Selk, demands $10 million from the City of Irving and $5 million from Irving ISD. Officials have 60 days to “comply” with the demands or face “civil action addressing the causes of action and events” related to the infamous clock incident.
The two officials being asked to publicly apologize are Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne and Police Chief Larry Boyd. Following the publication of this article, Van Duyne first told TheBlaze that "no one from the city has even seen the letter."
She added, "Apparently, it was more important to get the letter to the media first." Roughly an hour later, the mayor confirmed that the city had received the letter from the Mohamed family's attorneys.
Mohamed found international fame after he was arrested for bringing a reconstructed to clock to school that teachers treated as a possible “hoax bomb.” Mohamed’s family quickly alleged anti-Muslim discrimination.
After making appearances at a number of high-profile locations, including the White House, Mohamed and his family moved to Qatar.
“For personal security reasons, Ahmed and family are in Doha, Qatar. However, when they feel safe again, all of them want more than anything to come home, to Irving, Texas,” the letter states.
Read the full letter below via Selk:
This story has been updated.