Lawyers who allegedly threw Molotov cocktail at police released on bond

Two prominent attorneys were charged in an incident involving the tossing of a Molotov cocktail into a police vehicle with officers inside.


Two prominent attorneys were charged in an incident involving the tossing of a Molotov cocktail into a police vehicle with officers inside. Urooj Rahman and her accomplice, Colinford Mattis, took part in the violent riots that broke out in Brooklyn Saturday night.

The two were seen driving around in a tan minivan near a confrontation between the police and demonstrators at the 88th Precinct station house in Fort Greene.

Someone near the van was able to snap a photo of Rahman and Mattis as they tried to hand out the homemade explosives to people nearby.

“Rahman attempted to distribute Molotov cocktails to the witness and others so that those individuals could likewise use the incendiary devices in furtherance of more destruction and violence,” a witness told authorities.

"During the arrest, officers 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 and a liquid suspected to be gasoline in the vicinity of the passenger seat and a gasoline tank in the rear of the vehicle," prosecutors said.

Perhaps more alarming is that New York City Council member, Justin Brannan, has previously offered support to Rahman and the aims and motives of antifa, which has recently been designated as a domestic terrorist group by President Donald Trump.

Brannan has tweeted before, responding to a now-deleted Rahman tweet, communicating the sentiment that they are on the same page, and has also offered his support of antifa.

He has also tweeted: "Antifa simply means anti-fascist. If you are anti-antifa that means your [sic] pro-fascist. Good luck with that!"

Brannan has since been on a mission to delete all tweets related to Rahman's actions and behaviour on Twitter, as well as taking down tweets sympathetic to antifa. Much of his deleted material has been archived by various social media users.

Rahman had once published a blog post on Fordham University's law page that reeks of anti-Semitism, which has been archived due to the university taking action and deleting the post.

At Rahman and Mattis' initial hearing, they were allowed out on a bond of $250,000, which was guaranteed by their friends and family.

Prosecutors then appealed to put an emergency stay on their possible release, but a judge denied the stay and both of them were released Monday morning.


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