U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced during a speech to American Muslims on Thursday night that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will be investigating the arrest of “Clock Boy.”
Clock Boy Ahmed Mohamed is the 14-year-old who was arrested for bringing a “hoax bomb” to class in Irving, Texas. Mohamed was not charged with a crime but the high schooler received three days suspension.
The teenager was arrested when school officials suspected that the suitcase clock that Mohamed had brought to school was a bomb.
Although the boy was never charged with a crime, several congressman had asked for a DOJ investigation.
Breitbart Texas reported that California Democrat Congressman Mike Honda, who cried Islamophobia outside the U.S. Capitol Building Tuesday while questioning the legality of the Sept. 14 arrest of “Clock Boy” Ahmed Mohamed, is himself under an ethics investigation.
During her speech in a Virginia suburb of Washington, Lynch promised a national legal advocacy group for Muslim rights that there would be an investigation. The dinner was being held by the group, Muslim Advocates, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.
The meeting occurred just one day after Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik killed fourteen people and injured dozens more. Farook and Malik have connections to radical Islamic groups, as reported by Breitbart News. The meeting was reported to have been scheduled in advance of the shootings.
Lynch was reported to not have mentioned the shootings in San Bernardino, California. The U.S. Attorney General instead said there had been a “very disturbing rise in anti-Muslim rhetoric” in the last three weeks. It was three weeks ago when Islamic State terrorists killed over 150 people in Paris and wounded hundreds more, as reported by Breitbart News.
The Times reported that Lynch told the Muslim advocacy group, “When we are ruled by fear, we are not making ourselves safe.” She was said to have criticized proposals in Congress to block Syrian refugees from settling in the United States.
“My message to the Muslim community is we stand with you in this,” Lynch was reported to have said to Farhana Khera, the executive director of Muslim Advocates.
Breitbart Texas’ Merrill Hope reported that Mohamed’s family has demanded $15 million dollars from the City of Irving and the Irving Independent School District saying they will file a lawsuit if they do not pay-up.
Mohamed’s family withdrew him from the Irving Independent School District and relocated him to Qatar where he accepted a full scholarship to attend a Qatar Foundation school, as reported by Breitbart Texas.
Lana Shadwick is a contributing writer and legal analyst for Breitbart Texas. She has served as an associate judge and prosecutor. Follow her on Twitter @LanaShadwick2