14-year old black boy goes viral after police arrested and maltreated him over clock mistaken for suicide bomb

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Ahmed Mohamed

It seems there is no end in sight to police maltreating blacks in America as a 14-year-old boy was arrested by police in Texas for building a clock.

Ahmed Mohamed loves robotics and engineering, so he put a clock device together on Sunday night.

When he took it to school the next day, he was pulled out of class, interviewed by police officers, and taken in handcuffs to juvenile detention, after being told by teachers that his creation looked like a bomb.

Ahmed Mohamedtold the Dallas Morning News that he loved robotics and engineering and wanted to show his teachers what he could do.

He said his engineering teacher told him "that's really nice", but advised him "not to show any other teachers".

The teenager said that another teacher became aware of it when the device beeped during the lesson.

"She was like, it looks like a bomb," he said.

He said the teacher kept the clock, and later in the day he was pulled out lessons and interviewed by the school's headteachers and four police officers.

He has reportedly been suspended from school for three days.

Ahmed's father Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, who is originally from Sudan, said his son "just wants to invent good things for mankind, but because his name is Mohamed and because of 11 September I think my son got mistreated".

"I think this wouldn't even be a question if his name wasn't Ahmed Mohamed," said Alia Salem, of American-Islamic Relations."He is an excited kid who is very bright and wants to share it with his teachers."

Irving police might still charge Ahmed with making a "hoax bomb." Police spokesperson James McLellan said Ahmed "kept maintaining it was a clock" when he was brought in for interrogation, but that he offered "no broader explanation."

When asked by The Dallas Morning News what broader explanation Ahmed could have given for a clock that was actually a clock, McLellan said the creation "could reasonably be mistaken as a device if left in a bathroom or under a car."

Now the 14 year old says he'll no longer bring any of his inventions into school. A picture reportedly taken by Ahmed's sister shows him in handcuffs at the juvenile detention center, sporting a NASA T-shirt and an understandably confused expression. Ahmed was fingerprinted, before being allowed to return home, but is still serving a three-day suspension from school.

Many in the maker and tech community have already rallied around him. A hashtag — #IStandWithAhmed — rapidly rose to become one of Twitter's top trending topics, and support has come from a number of sources, including a JPL engineer who offered Ahmed the chance to see a Mars rover whenever he wants.

Ahmed's father says his son "just wants to invent good things for mankind."

It is hoped this racial profiling would not dissuade the talented young creator from inventing cool stuff in future.

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