09:18 GMT24 February 2020
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    Loretta Lynch announced on Thursday the Department of Justice is now investigating the arrest of Ahmed Mohamed, the Texas teen who made global headlines after being arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school in September.

    The announcement was made during a Q&A Thursday night at the annual Muslim Advocates dinner. The Justice Department has also confirmed that the investigation centers on the Irving Independent School District, not the city of Irving.

    “We have, as you may know, opened an investigation into the case of the young man in Irving,” Lynch said. “So we will see where that investigation goes.”

    Mohamed, 14, was briefly detained on suspicion that his homemade clock may have been a bomb. After it was determined that the teen had no malicious intent, he was released to his parents.

    Many, including Mohamed’s family, have claimed that the overreaction was due to his religion.

    In November, the family sent a letter to the city demanding an apology and a $15 million settlement, threatening to file lawsuits if the city refuses. They have since moved to Qatar where Mohamed is attending a science institute.

    During the event on Thursday, Lynch also spoke on the “disturbing rise” in anti-Muslim rhetoric in the United States ever since the attacks in Paris last month.

    “When we are ruled by fear, we are not making ourselves safe,” she said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

    “My message to the Muslim community is we stand with you in this,” Lynch concluded.


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