(Tea Party PAC) – An upstate New York woman and two Brooklyn attorneys were indicted on Friday on federal explosives and arson charges for allegedly throwing Molotov cocktails at NYPD vehicles during George Floyd riots in New York City.
And they’re looking at life for such an act.
That’s right, folks. Even in lawless New York City you can’t just torch a police car and get away with it!
New York Post reports:
Samantha Shader, 27, of Catskill, is accused of hurling the makeshift explosive at an NYPD vehicle occupied by four police officers on early Saturday morning, May 30.
Prosecutors allege Shader bit one of the officer’s legs when she was being taken into custody.
Around the same time, Brooklyn lawyers Urooj Rahman, 31, and Colinford Mattis, 32, were accused of tossing their own Molotov cocktail at an unoccupied police vehicle in Brooklyn during a separate attack.
All three face life in prison on the seven-count indictments, charging them with the use of explosives, arson, use of explosives to commit a felony, arson conspiracy, use of a destructive device, civil disorder, and making or possessing a destructive device.
“Such criminal acts should never be confused with legitimate protest,” said United States Attorney Richard Donoghue in a statement. “Those who carry out attacks on NYPD Officers or vehicles are not protesters, they are criminals, and they will be treated as such.”
Thankfully, no police personnel were hurt by explosives. Shader managed to light her bottle, but it never ignited. The explosive tossed by Rahman and Mattis did ignite, however, and set the empty, parked car on fire, the prosecution is alleging.
Shader, whose actions were allegedly filmed, has an extensive history of crime which includes arrests in 11 different states, the prosecution claims.
In January of last year she was arrested for interfering with a police officer in Waterford, Connecticut.
A few years earlier, she was convicted in February, 2017 for posession of a controlled substance in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
The Post notes:
Both Rahman and Mattis were described as humble Brooklynites who worked their way to prestigious law schools and promising careers.
Mattis, who was on furlough from Pryor Cashman before his arrest, has been suspended. He had been a member of Brooklyn’s Community Board 5, but was removed by the borough president for lack of attendance, according to board chair Andre Mitchell.