On September 14
Ahmed Mohamed giving us the peace sign during his ridiculous three-day suspension
, ninth-grade engineering whiz and NASA fanboy Ahmed Mohamed was confronted, interrogated, handcuffed, arrested, and jailed after bringing a homemade clock to school to show his engineering teacher. Within hours, he was in a room alone with five police officers, being accused of building a bomb.
From the day he was arrested, Mohamed has been clear that he never pretended it was a bomb, never alluded to it being a bomb, and didn't make it to look like a bomb. In their latest statement, the police confirmed as much, but the rest of their statement is so ignorant, so mind-boggling, so perplexing, that we now know that Mohamed was, without a doubt, the smartest person in the room when he was arrested.
First, the police spokesman said:
“We have no information that he claimed it was a bomb,” McLellan said. “He kept maintaining it was a clock, but there was no broader explanation.”
Asked what broader explanation the boy could have given, the spokesman explained:
“It could reasonably be mistaken as a device if left in a bathroom or under a car. The concern was, what was this thing built for? Do we take him into custody?”
But then, it got worse. Way worse. The police are basically claiming that they arrested Mohamed because while under interrogation, he simply refused to admit that his homemade clock wasn't something else. You have to read the ridiculousness below
to believe it.
Irving Police spokesman Officer James McLellan told the station, "We attempted to question the juvenile about what it was and he would simply only tell us that it was a clock."
The teenager did that because, well, it was a clock, he said. [...] McLellan told the Dallas Morning News that Ahmed insisted the device was a clock, and that police have no reason to think it was dangerous and "no information that he claimed it was a bomb."
Still, police wanted "a broader explanation" from the teen, McLellan said.
Any way you look at it, his is a terrible situation that Mohamed has been put in. Stay tuned for more updates as we cover this injustice closely.