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Report: Two Lawyers Arrested in Molotov Cocktail Attack on Police Cruiser

By Michael W. Chapman | June 1, 2020 | 2:36pm EDT
Colinford King Mattis, 32, left, and Urooj Rahman, 31. (EDNY, New York Post)
Colinford King Mattis, 32, left, and Urooj Rahman, 31. (EDNY, New York Post)

Two young lawyers, one a corporate attorney who did his undergrad work at Princeton University, were arrested on Saturday for allegedly tossing a Molotov Cocktail into an unoccupied police cruiser, reported The New York Times on Sunday. 

Both lawyers have been charged "with causing damage to a police vehicle by fire and explosives," reported The Times, which added that the "criminal complaint charging the lawyers, filed late Saturday in United States District Court in Brooklyn, was sworn out by an F.B.I. agent assigned to the Joint Terrorist Task Force."

MAY 30: A man throws a Molotov cocktail as another loots a business on Melrose Avenue in the Fairfax District during demonstrations following the death of George Floyd on May 30, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)
MAY 30: A man throws a Molotov cocktail as another loots a business on Melrose Avenue in the Fairfax District during demonstrations following the death of George Floyd on May 30, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)

The lawyers are Colinford King Mattis, 32 and Urooj Rahman, 31.  Mattis earned his B.A. at Princeton, his J.D. at New York University and he worked at Pryor Cashman. He also is a member of Community Board 5 in East New York.

Rahman earned her J.D. from Fordham Law School and is described as a human rights lawyer on Facebook.

Mattis reportedly was furloughed from his job in April. 

Colinford King Mattis, 32.  (Twitter)
Colinford King Mattis, 32. (Twitter)

According to The Times and other NYC media, early on Saturday morning Rahman was observed by the police exiting a Chrysler van driven by Mattis near the 88th Precinct station. She then allegedly threw a Molotov Cocktail -- beer bottle with gasoline and a lit fuse -- into an unoccupied police car.

The explosive did not ignite fully and reportedly only burned the dashboard of the cruiser. 

"The police saw Ms. Rahman throw the Molotov cocktail and followed the two lawyers as they tried to get away, officials said," as reported in The Times. "A patrol car stopped them several blocks away and they were arrested.

Urooj Rahman, 31.  (Twitter)
Urooj Rahman, 31. (Twitter)

"Inside the car, officers said they saw in plain view materials for making more Molotov cocktails -- a bottle filled with toilet paper and what was believed to be gasoline inside and a lighter, the complaint said."

“No rational human being can ever believe that hurling firebombs at police officers and vehicles is justified," said U.S Attorney Richard Donoghue, as reported by The Daily News

h/t New York Times

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