New York BLM Lawyers Charged With Firebombing Police Car Released on Bond
Two New York City lawyers charged with firebombing a police car during the race riots that swept over the city following the death of George Floyd have been released from jail, following a campaign by prominent social justice organizations to allow them to post bail. Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman, both registered attorneys in New York, have been federally charged with causing damage by fire and explosives to a police vehicle, offenses that could merit them 20 years in prison.
Authorities allege that Mattis and Rahman hurled a molotov cocktail into the window of an empty police vehicle before fleeing the scene of the crime in a getaway car. The device failed to detonate, but the two were quickly arrested, the seriousness of their alleged crime meriting federal charges.
A federal appeals court granted the pair an opportunity to post $250,000 bail while awaiting trial, after federal prosecutors sought to deny them pre-trial release.
Upon their release from the Metropolitan Detention Center, neither Mattis nor Rahman appeared inclined to talk to the media.
Two #Brooklyn lawyers, charged after an #NYPD vehicle was set ablaze by a Molotov cocktail during a protest last month, were released to home confinement Tuesday on $250,000 bond. pic.twitter.com/QKzOHZdJ7O
— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) July 1, 2020
Rahman and Mattis graduated from prestigious Ivy League law schools, and the latter worked for an elite Manhattan law firm, before being erased from the firm’s website following his rioting charges.
Elite-funded social justice and progressive organizations have been demanding that the federal government show leniency to the two, likening their arson attack to a police car that could’ve been occupied to mere “vandalism” and calling for a special standard to be applied to the two progressive attorneys of color.
A fundraiser for Mattis has raised more than $300,000, with more than 7,000 donors contributing.
They’ve both plead not guilty. They’ll be restricted to home confinement while awaiting an outcome in the justice system.