Lawsuit brought by father of teen arrested over homemade clock dismissed

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the father of a Texas teen who was arrested by police officers in 2015 after bringing a homemade clock to school, The Dallas Morning News reports.

Ahmed Mohamed's father alleged his son's civil rights were violated by the city of Irvine and its police department when school officials, suspicious of the homemade device found in Mohamed's possession, called the police and had the 14-year-old arrested.


Mohamed was charged with making a "hoax bomb." Though the charges were dropped, he was suspended from school for several days.

U.S. District Judge Sam Lindsay ordered on Tuesday that the lawsuit filed by Mohamed's father be dismissed, adding "all relief requested by plaintiff is denied." 

In a statement to the Dallas newspaper, a spokesperson for the city of Irvine said officials were "pleased" with the judge's decision.

We're "extremely pleased by the court's ruling, which supports the justifiable actions taken by the officers in the matter. We remain committed to ensuring the safety of all Irving residents and schoolchildren," said the official.

The incident ignited a debate about racial profiling and earned Mohamed a tweet from former President Obama, who at the time invited him to visit the White House for the administration's Astronomy Night.

“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.