Samantha Shader ANTIFA accused activist and Brooklyn lawyers, Urooj Rahman and Colinford Mattis indicted over Molotov Cocktail incidents.
An upstate NY woman and two Brooklyn lawyers were indicted Friday on federal explosives and arson charges for allegedly tossing Molotov cocktails at NYPD vehicles during George Floyd protests in New York City.
Prosecutors allege Shader bit one of the officer’s legs whist being taken into custody.
Around the same time, Brooklyn lawyers Urooj Rahman, 31, and Colinford Mattis, 32, were accused of tossing their own Molotov cocktail at an unoccupied police vehicle during a separate attack in Brooklyn’s Fort Green neighborhood.
All three face life in prison on the seven-count indictments, charging them with the use of explosives, arson, use of explosives to commit a felony, arson conspiracy, use of a destructive device, civil disorder, and making or possessing a destructive device the nypost reports.
Extensive rap sheet
‘Such criminal acts should never be confused with legitimate protest,’ said United States Attorney Richard Donoghue in a statement. ‘Those who carry out attacks on NYPD Officers or vehicles are not protesters, they are criminals, and they will be treated as such.’
Of note, no police were hurt by the explosives. Shader’s lit bottle never ignited. The explosive Rahman and Mattis tossed did ignite and set the empty, parked police vehicle ablaze, prosecutors allege.
In January of last year, she was busted for interfering with a police officer in Waterford, Connecticut — a few years after she was convicted in February of 2017 for possession of a controlled substance in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Social media has accused her of participating on behalf of Antifa.
Prestigious Brooklyn lawyers caught up in terrorism?
Rahman and Mattis’s arrests follows both having worked their way to prestigious law schools and promising careers.
Mattis, who was on furlough from Pryor Cashman before his arrest, has been suspended. He had been a member of Brooklyn’s Community Board 5, but was removed by the borough president for lack of attendance, according to board chair Andre Mitchell.
Mattis and Rahman were originally released on bail, a decision later overturned by an appellate court that ruled they should be returned to custody.