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:

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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. SPLC a phony hate watchdog group, famous mostly for its massive half billion dollar endowment, built ripping off gullible liberal donors, rides to the rescue— of ANTIFA

    https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/ 2020/06/01/designating-antifa-domestic-terrorist-organization-dangerous-threatens-civil-liberties

  2. Competing autopsy reports alert! Excerpts:
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    The attorneys representing George Floyd’s family and Hennepin County officials have now released competing autopsy results, agreeing that the death is a homicide but disagreeing over the precise cause.

    Attorneys for the Floyd family said Monday afternoon that a private autopsy conducted by two doctors found he died of asphyxia, which happens which pressure is placed on certain parts of the body, limiting the flow of oxygen to the brain and shutting down organs.

    Hours later, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office issued a report expanding on its initial release, classifying the manner of death as “homicide” and finding Floyd died of “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.”

    The medical examiner’s report also listed “arteriosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease,” as well as fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use as “other significant conditions.”

    Private autopsies do have their limitations, Wilson said, including that “we are not seeing the tissues in their original state and some items may have been kept by the original pathologist. With that acknowledgment, we feel those items will not change or alter the primary cause of death of mechanical asphyxia.”

    Dr. Michael Baden, also working for the family, said the second autopsy shows that Floyd “had no underlying medical problem that caused or contributed to his death. … He was in good health. The compressive pressure of the neck and back are not seen at autopsy because the pressure has been released by the time the body comes to the medical examiner’s office.

    It’s too early to tell whether the family’s autopsy will play a role in Chauvin’s criminal case.

    “I don’t even know how this goes,” said Bradford Colbert, a practitioner in residence at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. “It’s not exactly clear to me, because in a criminal case, it’s the state vs. the defendant. Theoretically, the victim does not have the right to be involved. That’s how it rolls.”

    https://www.startribune.com/family-autopsy-george-floyd-was-asphyxiated-by-officer/570918792/
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    I told you guys it was METH!

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Repprter

    1. Compression to the neck cuts off the flow to the brain, and the resulting retardation kills them – by stopping the heart, etc.
      They need to stop the kneeing because we have enough retards, we don’t need more when the abused doesn’t die.

      1. Compression to the neck can cut off flow to the brain but that is not asphyxiation which is cutting off air. Also you can’t say much of anything if blood flow is cut off. You are unconscious. I saw it demonstrated and a person goes out very, very fast. I guess we need a third autopsy to bring even more conclusions to the table.

        When air is cut off you also can’t say, “I can’t breathe.” When a person is suspected of having blockage of an airway the doctor will ask, “can you talk?” and if they do their passage isn’t blocked. If they can’t speak it’s time to act fast and clear the airway.

        1. Then, for 3 minutes the gimp kept the pressure on.
          I guess time to clear the airway was really time to pull the mace.(your scenario)

        2. The carotid arteries are major blood vessels in the neck that supply blood to the brain, neck, and face. There are two carotid arteries, one on the right and one on the left. In the neck

          “…the doctors also found a hemorrhage “over the vertebral bodies and in the cervical region,” as well as on the outside of the carotid artery …”

          The cervical spine is delicate—housing the spinal cord that sends messages from the brain to control all aspects of the body

          https://www.startribune.com/medical-examiner-classifies-floyd-s-death-as-homicide/570918792/

    2. Thanks Squeeky! Good information.

      “He was in good health.” Except for: “arteriosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease,” as well as fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use as “other significant conditions.”

      Wow! do you think he was in good enough health to pass a DOT exam with those conditions? No, he was not. The only thing more ridiculous would be to say that “except for being dead he was in robust good health but needs more exercise.”

      If the defense counsel is competent these people are going to be shredded on cross examination.

      “Dr. Baden, in your professional opinion would you characterize a person who is intoxicated with fentanyl and recent methamphetamine use added to ateriosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease as being in good health? Would you allow a person in that state to drive you to the grocery store?”

      The update on the medical examiner’s report can be construed as submitting to outside pressure.

      It’s shaping up to be a judicial lynching.

      1. hey thats what riots are all about, right?

        because if the jury doesnt convict there will be more riots

        now with the dueling medical reports, most juries could find reasonable doubt– barring fear of reprisals for the rest of their lives.

        so they know how they’re supposed to vote. voir dire will be a joke, it will be packed with the right jurors, for sure

        i’d lay odds of 80:1 right now in favor of a conviction,. and I don’t need a look at the evidence.
        at 100:1 odds, however, i might lay a small bet on an acquittal.

        I think Chauvin should be tried for manslaughter,. even if the department authorized neck compressions, which they probably did. i take a dim view of a lot of the current police restraint methods. the swarm tactics are actually worse than the old fashioned “sleeper hold” that they replaced.

        but i can accept the jury’s decision either way, and not pitch a riot over it.

        1. In Miami a police officer of Columbian heritage killed a black kid charging him on a motorcycle in Overton, a dangerous, black community. There were riots. The jury convicted the police officer but admitted that they did it because they were afraid of more riots. New trial.

          The second trial was held in Orlando where they didn’t care about Miami riots. Roy Black, a great attorney, represented the officer and won. The announcement of the verdict was delayed so the Miami-Dade Police could get in position. Swarms of helicopters came above Overton and Liberty City. Squad cars and vans raced into the area. Then the verdict was announced and the police were there and armed and ready to stomp the moment there was trouble. No riot. Easy. Nobody seems to have learned anything from them.

        2. “now with the dueling medical reports, most juries could find reasonable doubt”

          They both say nature of death is Homocide. Hardly dueling.

          Good thing he wasn’t covid-19 infected.

          1. They do both say homicide, but for different reasons. Homicide is a mostly legal conclusion. The medical conclusion is WHY he died and they can’t totally agree on the cause. He was killed by lightning and he was killed by being shot. Different causes. Confusion. The defense attorney needs to highlight that the ‘science’ can’t agree on what in the hell killed him and therefore there is a reasonable doubt that the officer was responsible for the death of the drugged-up criminal. There are indications he may have been having a heart attack or stroke even before he was pinned. I would like to know what he was doing in the day or so leading up to his death, including taking methamphetamine and fentanyl and, probably, alcohol. His body was a walking chemistry set.

            It seems a political necessity for the mob [including the governor and attorney general] to lynch him, and they might succeed, but I think there is room for reasonable doubt that the officer killed the doped-up criminal.

            For sure they need a change of venue. Somewhere the jurors aren’t afraid the Mau Mau and anarchists will be coming to their homes at night. It would not surprise me in the least if the prosecution accidentally released the names and addresses of the jurors.

            1. Young, this is going to be an interesting legal case. They could boost the charges to murder one and settle at murder 2. That might end the problem of a jury.

              I haven’t looked at all the details of the case but it sounds from some sources that Floyd was dead while he was lying on the ground being held down with the boot for some time. I think that type of imaging will have an effect on the jury so drugs and pre-existing conditions etc. will be forgotten. I’m not sure how much of the officer’s prior history can be used at trial.

      2. Young – Baden states he does not have access to the tissue samples, but they would not change his conclusions.

        1. Paul — I noticed that too. It’s a ridiculous statement, the equivalent of “I haven’t seen all the evidence but more evidence won”t change my mind.”

      1. Euuuuwwww. How disgusting to even be seeing that word on here!!!!
        Nnnnassstty!!!

        By the way: how big is your pecker, Anonymous @ 7:55 PM?
        Asking for a girlfriend

  3. Nice to know that Biden campaign staffers like a revolving door so that arrested rioters can get out of jail and riot some more.
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    https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/elections/multiple-biden-campaign-staffers-reportedly-donate-organization-pays?utm_source=daily-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

    Multiple Biden campaign staffers donated to Minnesota group that pays bail for rioters
    The news comes amid significant civil unrest throughout the country.

    At least 13 Joe Biden campaign workers have donated to an organization called the Minnesota Freedom Fund that pays for people’s bail, according to Reuters.

    The group opposes the bail system, and pays the fees that enable people to avoid pre-trial detention, according to its website.

    A Biden spokesman told Reuters that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee stands against cash bail as a “modern day debtors prison,” though the spokesman did not answer inquires about if the campaign coordinated the donations, Reuters reported.

    “It’s disturbing that Joe Biden’s team would financially support the mayhem that is hurting innocent people and destroying what good people spent their lives building,” the Trump campaign wrote on Saturday.

    Protests have erupted in cities across the country following the May 25 death of George Floyd. Some have engaged in destruction of property, looting and violence.

  4. Turley should point out attempted murder is not a federal crime without a federal nexus like the victim was a federal officer. It would be up NY to bring such a charge.

  5. Looking at their photos I don’t get the impression they realize how much trouble they are in. I would be horrified.

    1. After reading the resumes of these two, I have a hard time accepting the oppressed minority narrative.

    1. They are already blaming Trump. If a Liberal tries to murder a police officer in one state because of the actions of a police officer in another state, it’s clearly all Trump’s fault.

      Must be nice, having total absolution of wrongdoing. It’s always someone else’s fault.

  6. Was Mattis admitted to the bar in another state prior to being admitted to the bar in New York in 2019?

  7. If these lawyers are not prosecuted in the next few days, then the only choice people will have is to riot, burn down their own cities and kill innocent bystanders until the rioters feel justified or until the next thing comes along to riot against.

  8. When lawyers do this, its says the screening process for lawyers is hopelessly corrupted by political correctness. Both should be disbarred before their criminal trials. They don’t deserve to be referred to as lawyers by their defense counsel in opening statements. “Anarchists” has a nicer ring to it.

      1. I see, a fire-bomb-throwing-lunatic diversion program for lawyers of color just trying to turn their lives around.

    1. Nothing is stopping you from filing a complaint arguing that they should be disbarred (except, perhaps, lack of will to do it).

    1. If these lawyers are not prosecuted in the next few days, then the only choice people will have is to riot, burn down their own cities and kill innocent bystanders until the rioters feel justified or until the next thing comes along to riot against.

  9. i want all the white folks who are sorry losers pining away about what happened here in america long before we were born, to get on down like these pasty faced weakings and start licking boots. you’re pathetic and weak and you will earn your future subjugation. open your pockets for BLM, or get out there and start heaving bricks. make some digital donations to antifa, yeah, silicon valley deplatformed peaceful “racists” but they are still out there gathering shekels for arsonists and riot planners

    get on record lefties. get on those supporter donations lists. get out there and bow before your idols and show your faces as you self-abnegate your miserable existences. we want it all on record.

    we want to know which white people are the worst element of bootlickers that needs attention in the coming phases of this conflict.

    https://twitter.com/stillgray/status/1267506522222817280?s=20

    1. Disbar then hang them out to dry in front of firing squad on CNN so all can see what could happen to them if they think their above the law

  10. Communists (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats, RINOs) are mortal enemies of America and Americans.

    China is a mortal enemy of America.

    China is supporting the communists in America.

    The barbarians are inside the gate.

    America did not recognize the pandemic until it was too late.

    America is not recognizing the enemy.

    America is not recognizing the war.

    1. I know it’s hard to monitor these postings, but could we have a mental illness filter?

  11. DeBlasio has intervened to have the charges reduced to disturbing the peace…local law officer is trying to resist.

    1. More Liberal Privilege? Ridiculous. The coddling must end. We need equal Justice for ALL.

  12. Both not being charged with attempted murder of a police officer under NY state law ( 0 to 25 years )

    Both charged by the FBI with attempted destruction of a vehicle “used in interstate and foreign commerce” (Title 18, United States Code, Section 844(i)) ( 0 to 5 tears )

    FBBI took custody of these defendants. Why?

    Same charge on Samantha Shader who actually threw a lit molotov cocktails into a vehicle filled with police officers.

    https://www.justice.gov/usao-edny/press-release/file/1281771/download

    This is an FBI sting that went terribly wrong and/or one of them is an FBI informant

    This is the real story

    1. Where are you getting your info about the 2 men firebombers having an inside FBI connection? You’re going to have to back it up with more than “This is the real story”.

    2. Hill. You misinterpret this document.

      this is just a probable cause affidavit for an arrest warrant. it is not an indictment.

      wait for the indictment before you get too carried away. i predict multiple heavier charges.

      that’s not to say that ANTIFA doesnt have informants and undercovers in their ranks. they do. but you probably don’t have the right ones. again wait for the indictment before you draw too many conclusions

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