Two New York Attorneys Arrested For Throwing Molotov Cocktail At Police [Updated]

downloadYesterday we discussed the four arrests associated with two attacks on New York police officers using Molotov cocktails.  It is now being reported that one of the defendants arrested, Colinford Mattis, 32, is a furloughed Pryor Cashman associate.  Mattis is a graduate of New York University and Princeton University. He was reportedly arrested with a second attorney in the attack.  Mattis is accused of driving a van and passenger Urooj Rahman, 31, threw a Molotov cocktail. Rahman is reportedly a human rights lawyer but also recently lost her job. Update: The FBI now says that the two defendants sought to pass out Molotov cocktails.

An NYPD surveillance camera reportedly recorded Rahman throwing the device toward a NYPD vehicle in Fort Greene.  A video showed her getting out of a tan 2015 Chrysler Town and Country minivan driven by Mattis and moving toward the patrol car. She was observed lighting a fuse on a Bud Light beer bottle and throwing it through a broken window.  It exploded inside of the vehicle and the two fled.

The police also have a picture of Rahman with the explosive:


The FBI statement included the following description:

“Officers pursued the minivan and arrested Rahman and Mattis, who was the vehicle’s driver.  The NYPD recovered several precursor items used to build Molotov Cocktails, including a lighter, a 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.”

They are now charged with causing damage by fire and explosives to a police vehicle. If convicted, each of them faces up to 20 years behind bars. There is a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years.

The specific provision charged appears to be 18 U.S.C. 844 (i):

“Whoever maliciously damages or destroys, or attempts to damage or destroy, by means of fire or an explosive, any building, vehicle, or other real or personal property used in interstate or foreign commerce or in any activity affecting interstate or foreign commerce shall be imprisoned for not less than 5 years and not more than 20 years, fined under this title, or both;  and if personal injury results to any person, including any public safety officer performing duties as a direct or proximate result of conduct prohibited by this subsection, shall be imprisoned for not less than 7 years and not more than 40 years, fined under this title, or both;  and if death results to any person, including any public safety officer performing duties as a direct or proximate result of conduct prohibited by this subsection, shall also be subject to imprisonment for any term of years, or to the death penalty or to life imprisonment.”

Unlike Samantha Shader’s case discussed yesterday, the vehicle was unoccupied.  However, the device did explode (unlike Shader’s Molotov cocktail). Still, Shader is looking at more serious charges of attempted murder. I would expect that additional charges might be sought now that authorities are saying that they were trying to distribute the Molotov cocktails.   The criminal complaint now includes the allegations that “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.”  The use of the federal system is also likely to produce a longer sentence in a case of this kind, particularly if they can show a broader conspiracy or interstate movements or communications.

The new allegation reflects premeditation and planning to unleash multiple fire bombings. The FBI is likely looking at the ownership of the van and anyone who may have rendered material support.  The case is framed perfectly as a test case of the Administration treating defendants as domestic terrorists under the definition in subsection 5 of 18 U.S.C. 2331:

The term “domestic terrorism” means activities that—

(A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State;

(B) appear to be intended—(i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and

(C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.

If the Justice Department is looking for a way to reframe cases as domestic terrorism without dealing with the dubious effort to define Antifa as a “foreign terrorist organization” under the State Department regulations, this may be the right case at the right time from their perspective.  For Mattis and Rahman, the consequences of such a reframing would obviously magnify the already serious allegations that they are facing.

Pryor Cashman’s website described Colinford Mattis, 32, as a member of the firm’s Corporate Group. That reported entry was deleted after the media learned of the connection.

However, two references remain on site.  One describes the corporate team that worked on a deal to sell a $319 million stake in AccorHotels. Another entry refers to Mattis as being on the team that launched brand management platform WHP Global on the acquisition of legacy women’s fashion brand Anne Klein.

According to Pryor Cashman managing partner Ronald Shechtman, Mattis has been on furlough since April due to the pandemic.  He said that Mattis’ employment status will be reviewed.  Given the serious federal criminal charges, a review may be in order.

Mattis graduated from New York University School of Law in 2016 and received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. He was also previously employed as an associate at Holland & Knight.  Rahman was just admitted to the New York bar in June 2019 after graduating from Fordham University School of Law.

Here is the DOJ filing: Criminal Complaint

310 thoughts on “Two New York Attorneys Arrested For Throwing Molotov Cocktail At Police [Updated]”

  1. Were the Shader sisters part of this group, or coincidentally tried to murder 4 cops by Molotov Cocktail, too?

    Shocking criminal behavior.

    1. u apparently missed the picture he was NOT WHITE GEEZ this is wat starts rumors& misinformation

      1. Rhonda– It was tongue in ckeek. CNN would call them white if they thought they could get away with it.

        Go to the joke diagram board.

    1. the PROBLEM is this STORY and that document ARE FAKE SO IS THIS WEBSITE

      1. Rhonda is a false flag puppet we’re supposed to think is representative of ‘liberals’.

        I would wager Rhonda is the same crazed idiot behind the puppet known as TurleyIsACoward.

      2. Help me Rhonda
        Help help me Rhonda
        Help me Rhonda
        Figure out what the hell you’re talking about.

        By the way, how’s that “Trump lives inside my head rent free” thing working out for you??

  2. Pandemic, Depression And Urban Unrest

    All In A Void Of Real Leadership

    Just when we thought this country was facing it’s most difficult challenges in decades, we can add ‘civil strife’ to the perils.

    Even the most experienced of statesmen would have to draw on every once of charisma to lead us through this gauntlet.

    Yet to our extreme misfortune the current president is an inexperienced anti-statesman whose only talent is fighting Culture Wars. Donald Trump has, in fact, an uncanny tendency to ‘aggravate’ every crisis.

    I have no doubt that Trump’s tweets, concerning the unrest, only stoked the rage of mobs. Possibly hundreds of thieves around the country reacted to Trump with a thunderous, “Oh yeah, just watch me loot, m f”.

    Trump’s entire presidency to date reads like a textbook entitled, “How ‘Not’ To Be President”. This particular chapter could be, “Pouring Gas On Fire: How To Stoke A Wave Of Riots”.

    Only the most naive could think Trump is merely stupid. Trump knows exactly what he’s doing. His goal is to tear this country apart before January when he will have to be forcibly evicted from the White House.

    1. The only Void is between your ears.Trump is one of the best thing for the USA. I do not need 186 words to convince me of that fact. Please educate yourself.

      1. Your opinion that “Trump is one of the best thing for the USA” is only that: an opinion, not a “fact.” Best not to confuse opinions and facts. Lots of educated people have a different opinion of Trump than you do.

  3. Our President is unfit for office.

    “President Trump unloaded on the nation’s governors Monday morning, calling them ‘weak’ for failing to more aggressively enforce law and order over the weekend, as some of the nation’s biggest cities burned in the wake of the death of George Floyd. … One participant on the call described the president’s words and tone as ‘unhinged.'”

    partial audio here:

    Hopefully he’ll be voted out in November, but the harm he’s done will take years to recover from. Putin must be thrilled with this harm to the U.S., both domestically and in our relationships with international allies.

    1. Yeah, Trump following that old tradition of presidents attacking state and local authorities dealing with serious problems. We definitely need more of that.

      1. Book – “Trump following that old tradition of presidents attacking state and local authorities dealing with serious problems.”

        You mean like that time Lincoln interferred with quaint Southern issues?

        1. Yeah, how comments like young’s and paul’s don’t sell like hotcakes to the blacks they think should be in the GOP is just beyond understanding. What’s not to like about defending slavery?

          1. Book– Favorable support for Lincoln churns around in yout synapses and comes out as support for slavery? No wonder you seem so thoroughly confused.

            1. Young, you’re right, the lameness of somehow describing secessionist defenders of slavery with “dealing with problems” – and Paul’s climbing on – threw me. I still have no idea what you’re trying to say, and I’ll take that as a good thing

              1. Yeah, Book, ‘what’ is Young trying to say????

                I think it’s some kind of reverse psychology correctness thing where liberals are supposed to be embarrassed that their own standards are being used against them. But Young hasn’t the literary skills to pull it off. So instead the comment looks like the scrawlings of some nerdy Trumper trying to be cute.

                1. Seth Paintchips Warner July Johnson Captain Marvel Bottom Boy Sybil:

                  how did the n!ggers treat your nail salon in Los Angeles? Did you tag them with your colorful Fuchsia nail polish? Or did you bend over when the BBCs came running towards your direction only to LOL when they saw your nasty man pussy?

                  you looked magnificent on stage as Tina Sparkle last week

                  1. This will really send her over the wall. Paint Chips will throw something far worse than Molotov Cocktails at you: her Fuchsia nail polish

                    Run Tina before she gets you

    2. ” Putin must be thrilled ”

      Putin was thrilled at the Obama administratio’s crimes. He got what he wanted from the Obama administration and people were paid by the DNC for it.

      The only question that remains is whether or not CTHD is a paid or unpaid agent of our enemies

  4. Rev 14:20

    And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses’ bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs.

    there’s no stopping it now, the only thing to do is group up and survive

    make no mistake, anarchists are perpetual psychopaths of every generation., they are the enemies of all law and order as such

    the Soviets and other revolutionary types turn them loose in the streets to create chaos, and the first thing they do is lock them up when the government has changed hands

    the anarchists are never unleased like this without generals and financiers commanding them., make no mistake the freaks directing the arson etc. have orders.

    this is now civil war. the aim now is not to talk it is to win

      1. 200 clever terrorists can do a lot of damage

        they’re actually worst than jihaadists. at least muslim extremists believe in some form of law and order, sharia or whatever. these crazies want an end to all government

        anarchism is poison to any system of government. they are purely savage and evil in practice, and yet in every generation they take in starry eyed utopian fools who think they are for freedom. sure they are! freedom to throw rocks, start fires, and steal. total disorder is their actual aim.

        that’s why stalin let them get liquidated in the Spanish civil war. you can read george orwell’s Diary of Catalonia. stalin understood. orwell didn’t get it at the time, cried a lot over his disorderly fellows in the POUM getting deleted by Franco’s rebels, after they failed to cooperate with the main government in that country’s civil war.


        DOWNTOWN — Police and city officials are working to identify what they called an “organized assembly line” of violent instigators who caused widespread damage in the Loop and River North on Saturday night —
        but community organizers and local aldermen dispute that any such behavior was part of a coordinated strategy.

        Downtown businesses were vandalized and stolen from Saturday night. As of Sunday afternoon, looting has been reported in Englewood, Bronzeville, Grand Crossing, Wicker Park and West Garfield Park . Target closed all stores in the city limits as a precautionary measure.

        The people behind those acts are not the same people who were peacefully protesting the killing of George Floyd and other Black people by police, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and other city leaders said during a Sunday afternoon news conference.

        Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx urged those watching at home to avoid calling protesters “looters” and to recognize they were distinct groups of people.

        “We conflate protesters, looters. They’re two different groups,” she said. “We will hold accountable those who are seeking to exploit this moment.”

        Lightfoot said there was “no question” the destruction — and, in particular, the arsons — had been part of a unified effort. Lightfoot said the city is working with the FBI, the Attorney General’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to investigate who was behind the “absolutely organized and coordinated” efforts to start fires and steal during and after protests.

        “… For many of us, we witnessed a respectful and peaceful and righteous protest run by organizers, and that was appropriate. It’s outrageous what occurred in Minneapolis,” Ald. Brendan Reilly, whose 42nd Ward includes large portions of the Downtown area, said Sunday.

        “It’s also important to remember that after the peaceful protesters finished and left the area, what remained was rioters and looters. Their only interest was in creating havoc, criminal property damage and theft. This was not — to what I saw and many of my neighbors witnessed — these were not crimes of passion. In many cases they were very carefully thought-out.”

        Kofi Ademola, an organizer with Black Lives Matter Chicago, refuted these claims.


      3. ANTIFA has attacked peaceful restaurants and gatherings before in illinois. They are criminal scum. they should have been extirpated and incarcerated long ago but some factions in government found them “useful” to silence their critics.

        it is not well known nor understood, moreover, and yet true, that ANTIFA groups are rife with police informants. this is ironic but it’s part of a hegelian dialectic similar to narcotics enforcement, where the certain undercover operations are actually are in league with certain rivals.

        any active investigations into ANTIFA need to immediately harvest results and bring charges against conspirator in open court, or they have to be considered rogue undercover operations under suspicion for actually possibly aiding the spread of these disorders.

  5. Don’t worry, they’ll both get off. They’ll claim racial prejudice. They’ll be elected to political office in the future, assuming the country survives.

  6. the rioters and anarchists want to undermine law and order as such.

    anarchists were “terrorists” before that name was en vogue.

    they want war, they want civil war. they say so openly.

    wake up people. let them have their war.

    and no stop until we have dunged the fields with rivers of anarchist blood.

    and all the suits that have paid the anarchists to do their mischief– they need surgical removals from society like the cancers which they are

  7. Local Police Departments are controlled by local politicians. Lazy electorates all over the US allow egregious abuses in the Grand Jury systems that have a history of not indicting bad cops and then having their insurers pay for wrongful death behind closed doors. Voters have all the power to reform their local cops if they went to the effort. Voters can elect District Attorneys that will not hide the facts from the Grand Jury. That is probably more effective than burning down a church in DC.

  8. It looks like two lawyers are losing their licenses and barring unknown facts probably going to jail.

    1. No, I doubt that. These are typical Marxist-democrat snakes that will find some way to slither out of real punishment.

      1. We live in a PC world where the PC is written by radical leftists. We can that with Kieth Ellison’s son a city council member who supports Antifa. Keith Ellison is way out as well though I don’t know his position on Antifa, but I surmise it is favorable even if hidden.

        I don’t think we would have had the violence across the nation but for PC. The police officer seems guilty of manslaughter and maybe even murder one but that is not the point. The death of Floyd does not mean that people riot, loot and destroy the property of others. I am sure most in the black community even if they are willing to say nothing disagree with what is happening and it is the PC culture that makes them say nothing. At the same time I read little about the 10 deaths in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend or any of the other deaths in the large leftist cities.

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