The Irving police department is responding to claims by Ahmed Mohamed’s family that it won’t release the teen’s homemade clock, which has been sitting at police headquarters for a week now.
According to Breitbart.com, local law enforcement reached out to the family to come and get the clock, but no one did. Instead, the family claims police won’t release it and “lawyered up to get it.”
Irving police told FOX 4 News that they notified Ahmed’s family last Friday that the clock and all items related to the incident were available for pickup. But the family has yet to retrieve it.
Ahmed’s story went national after the teen was arrested and later suspended on Sept. 14 at MacArthur High School, because authorities thought the 12-volt timepiece was a bomb.
Despite law enforcement’s repeated attempts to get the family to pick up the clock-in-a-box, the family claims they cannot get it back, and has since hired two high-profile Dallas attorneys.
ABC News reported that the family retained Thomas Bowers and Reggie London to pursue “Ahmed’s legal rights and regain his science project from the Irving Police Department.” Bowers told KXAS-5 he is considering legal action against the police and the school district. The family also hired a PR firm.
Multiple media outlets have been running the story, insisting the family needed legal assistance to get Ahmed’s property returned, so he can have it for his upcoming White House visit. The high school student received an invitation from the President after the incident sparked a social media frenzy along with the Twitter hashtag, “IstandwithAhmed.”
Mohamed’s father reportedly met with school district officials on Monday while Ahmed enjoyed VIP treatment at Google’s Northern California science fair. Ahmed has a United Nations weekend summit next, after which his father hopes to take the teen on a pilgrimage to Mecca, Breitbart reported.