Samantha Shader, Urooj Rahman, and Colinford Mattis were indicted Friday on federal explosives and arson charges for allegedly tossing Molotov cocktails at NYPD vehicles during George Floyd protests in New York City.
As we reported weeks ago, 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 also alleged that Shader bit one of the officer’s legs when she was being taken into custody.
Samantha Shader of Catskill, is accused of throwing a molotov cocktail at an NYPD vehicle with four cops inside and could be charged with attempted murder. Her sister was also arrested. They weren't there for George Floyd, and they DON'T live in Crown Heights. #AntifaTerrorists pic.twitter.com/bObpizxAJY
— Bernard B. Kerik (@BernardKerik) May 30, 2020
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.
United States Attorney Richard Donoghue in a statement:
“Such criminal acts should never be confused with legitimate protest.
Those who carry out attacks on NYPD Officers or vehicles are not protesters, they are criminals, and they will be treated as such.”
Urooj Rahman, the Pakistani human rights attorney accused of carrying out firebombing attacks at a Manhattan riot, gave an interview the same night where she said, “This s–t won’t ever stop unless we f–kin’ take it all down." https://t.co/63gufMoDLV #antifa #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/eg2JnEDEEp
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) June 6, 2020
Only by sheer luck, none of the four NYPD officers were hurt due to Samantha Shader’s lit Molotov Cocktail never ignited.
The explosive that Rahman and Mattis tossed did ignite, but luckily the parked police vehicle that was set ablaze was empty.
In January of last year, she was busted for interfering with a police officer in Waterford, Connecticut — a few years after she was convicted in February of 2017 for possession of a controlled substance in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
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.