NYC: Lawyers to Be Arraigned Today on Federal Charges after Attack on Police

Urooj Rahman prepares to throw a Molotov cocktail. Gee I wonder where she learned her bomb making skills. Nice face covering (just saying). Photo:


***Update***  Bomb throwers to be released on bond against wishes of federal prosecutors.

One of the lawyers charged with hurling Molotov cocktails at a police cruiser is a 32-year-old Princeton educated lawyer and his partner in (alleged) crime is a 31-year-old “human rights” lawyer and activist who worked on refugee issues in Turkey.

Here is a bit of the news from the NY Post:

Accused Molotov cocktail hurler is Ivy League-educated lawyer, community board member

A Ivy League-educated lawyer and member of a Brooklyn community board was among those arrested for hurling a Molotov cocktail at a marked NYPD vehicle amid George Floyd protests, it was revealed Sunday.

Colinford King Mattis at his graduation from NYU law school.

Colinford Mattis, 32, was allegedly behind the wheel of a tan minivan as his passenger, fellow attorney Urooj Rahman, allegedly hurled the incendiary at an empty NYPD vehicle outside the 88th Precinct station house in Fort Greene early on Saturday.

Mattis, a graduate of Princeton University and New York University law school, is an associate at corporate Manhattan firm Pryor Cashman.


Rahman, 31, meanwhile, is also registered as an attorney in New York state, who was admitted to the bar in June 2019 after graduating from Fordham University School of Law. It was not immediately clear on Sunday whether she was affiliated with any law firm.

It’s unclear how she and Mattis know each other.

The Brooklyn residents are federally charged with causing damage by fire and explosives to a police vehicle, during demonstrations over the death of George Floyd.

Thanks to a reader for a tip! I bet there is so much more to be learned about this pair.

Fordham Law School has this glowing write-up for new American Ms. Rahman:

Urooj Rahman ’15 worked with the Refugee Solidarity Network (RSN) and Refugee Rights Turkey (RTT), which, through their legal work, assist and empower refugees fleeing Turkey. Urooj provided direct services to asylum-seekers at the Center for Refugee Rights in Istanbul. As a foreign lawyer in Turkey, she lent her legal assistance mostly to non-Syrians going through the UNHCR refugee status determination procedure. She also served several months in New York with RSN, using her direct service experience to inform her contribution to international advocacy and awareness-raising initiatives.

I’ll try to come back to this story, but after being away, and then due to a storm losing internet service for days, I’ve got a lot of catching up to do!

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3 thoughts on “NYC: Lawyers to Be Arraigned Today on Federal Charges after Attack on Police

  1. All that is occurring, naming a terrorist organization, is nothing more than Name-Calling like a small child calling someone when they are angry at someone.

    The court systems and jails are already overburdened. Most will be released anyway and nothing learned by protesters conducting themselves in this manner.

    Support of those in Hollywood and Singers is not going to stop; it is too good of an opportunity to get their product out there to promote their name, movie, or song. Again, it is using people to support their needs. Instead, use the monies received with Go Fund Me when they give the funds to release the demonstrators to help the business repay the people who were harmed by these actions.

    While the following is not going to end all the issues, it may give many the protesters a second thought, and stop themselves.

    Round the people up and hold there until positive and clear identification is obtained
    Run the individual’s name through the system and once identified, then remove whatever benefits are received from Welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, school or college grants, and TYPE of government assistance on Local, State, and Federal levels for a year or forever.
    Once the benefits have been removed, then release the adult or release the 18 and under to their parents.
    The monies used from their bails such as GO FUND ME, or other means, those monies need to go into paying for the damages caused.
    Jail, hold and prosecute those no matter how wealthy they are supplying the funds to those demonstrating. Use their business holdings and assets until all damages have been reimbursed. List those individuals as terrorists and their businesses as fronts for terrorist activities.
    Sit down and take a serious look at how the government itself is handling these issues. This is not a black, white, or polka-dotted issue as to what government, the departments of the government want to use to deflect from the wrongs they are causing and doing. The government needs to urgently make corrections within themselves and their departments, courts, and that includes the media.

    Yes, its wrong the demonstrators handling issues in this manner, but the people have learned this is the only way they receive action. They have learned justice more times than is not served for crimes at all levels and instead is shuffled around until it is forgotten and gone away. They are tired of police officers, government officials, and the departments doing harmful things that are costly to us all. They are tired of these individuals having laws that give them immunity from being prosecuted and brought to justice. The same exact laws brought on its citizens have to be served for everyone, no matter what level they are at.

  2. When the British Press were allowed access to the College in Hong Kong while the protesters were surrendering , they filmed hundreds of molotov cocktails. No police had entered yet. I never heard a word about it.

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