WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The two lawyers accused of tossing a Molotov cocktail into an NYPD police car are scheduled to be released on a $250,000 bond each.
- The judge agreed to the release and home detention for the defendants after families and friends offered bond support.
- The federal prosecutors said that this is not the time to release a “bomb thrower” into the community.
Brooklyn federal judge ruled in favor of the two suspects accused of tossing a Molotov cocktail into a New York Police Department (NYPD) police car. Judge Steven Gold agreed to the release on $250,000 bond each after said incident outside the 88th Precinct, despite the objections from federal prosecutors.
Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman are scheduled for release and home detention, pending trial. Their family and friends offered bond support and will be held responsible for paying should Mattis and Rahman skip bail, the judged said at the hearings.
The federal prosecutors made an appeal in a separate court hearing after the decision, but another judge shot them down.
The prosecutor argued in court that the suspects “risked everything to drive around in a car with Molotov cocktails attacking police vehicles.”
“That is not the action of a rational person,” he added. The prosecutor also said that releasing the suspects from police custody is dangerous, especially with the protests across the city. He said that this is not the time to release a “bomb thrower” into the community.
The prosecutor alleges that the explosive device was tossed into the police car by Rahman. The suspects in question were located near the 88th Precinct station house in Fort Greene during the confrontation between the police and protestors.
Per the detention memo released, the prosecutors said that Mattis and Rahman were distributing the explosive devices to protesters at the demonstration.
“She pursued a career in which she would uphold the law, but everything she’s done as detailed in the complaint is contrary to that,” the prosecutor said.
“She threw away her career in the law when she threw that Molotov cocktail at a New York City police vehicle,” he added.
Mattis graduated from Princeton University, The New York University School of Law. He is an associate at Pryor Cashman in Manhattan, but is on furlough.
Rahman graduated from Fordham University School of Law. She passed the bar in June 2019 and is now a registered attorney in New York.
The defense laid out at court stressed that with the legal backgrounds and education at prestigious universities, Mattis and Rahman are not threats to the community should both be released from federal custody.
Source: New York Post