NY Lawyers Plead Guilty to Firebombing Police Car During George Floyd Protest

A New York City Police Department vehicle is firebombed with a Molotov cocktail during a George Floyd protest in Brooklyn in May 2020. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

A pair of New York attorneys pleaded guilty to their roles in firebombing a police car in Brooklyn during a George Floyd protest in May 2020. The pair face stiff sentences under a terrorism-related sentencing provision.

New York Attorneys Urooj Rahman, 32, and Colinfort Mattis, 34, pleaded guilty in a Brooklyn federal district court to a single count of possessing or making a destructive device, Reuters reported. Prosecutors said Rahman threw a gasoline-filled bottle into an empty police car during a protest over the death of George Floyd in Minnesota. Rahman then fled the scene in a minivan driven by Mattis.

New York attorneys Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman pleaded guilty to federal charges on October 20. (Photo: U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York)

New York attorneys Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman pleaded guilty to federal charges on October 20. (Photo: U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York)

“I deeply regret my conduct and wish I had made better choices on that night,” Mattis told the judge. Rahmen also expressed regret and both parties said they expect to be disbarred following their guilty pleas.

The duo faced up to life in prison before prosecutors offered a plea agreement in February, Breitbart News reported. A surveillance camera captured an image of Rahman holding a bottle in her hand just before the attack.

The Breitbart report by Nate Church stated:

Mattis — a corporate attorney with Pryor Cashman until he was furloughed last spring — graduated from both Princeton University and New York University law school.

In addition, Breitbart’s Joshua Klein reported:

Rahman was captured in a photo obtained by the New York Daily News wearing a Palestinian keffiyeh on her face and holding a makeshift Molotov cocktail. The keffiyeh, a chequered black and white scarf, has become a symbol of Palestinian nationalism.

Rahman is a graduate from Fordham University law school. In 2014, she did a summer fellowship internship program at the Israel based Mada Al-Carmel’s Arab Center for Applied Social Research in a partnership program with Palestine Works.

The Mada Al-Carmel center is heavily financed by George Soros through his Open Society Foundations.

The September 2011 edition of Mada al Carmel’s journal Jadal focused on “Boycotting Israel: Between Theory and Practice.”

As part of her Soros-backed fellowship at the Mada Al-Carmel center, Rahman spent a week with the radical Palestine Work organization.

Both subjects were held for a month without bail in New York’s Metropolitan Detention Center. The court eventually granted them release on bonds of $250,000 each.

When officers made the arrest, they “observed in plain view several precursor items used to build a Molotov cocktail, including a lighter, a Bud Light beer bottle filled with toilet paper, a liquid suspected to be gasoline in the vicinity of the passenger seat, and a gasoline tank in the rear of the vehicle.”

Following their plea, U.S. District Court Judge Brian Cogan set a sentencing hearing for February 8, 2022, Reuters stated. Each of the attorneys face up to ten years in federal prison under the terrorism-related sentencing provision.

“The terrorism enhancement is going to be a big issue. I have no idea where I’m going to come out on that,” Judge Cogan stated.

Rahman’s attorney, Paul Schectman, said the two convicted firebombers do not deserve prison time. He claimed their behavior occurred “in the heat of the moment on one of the most heated nights in modern American history.”

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior news contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What’s Your Point? Sunday-morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.

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