Two Lawyers Arrested For Molotov Cocktail Attack on Police

Two New York attorneys have been arrested for throwing Molotov cocktails at police during protests in New York.

One of the defendants arrested, Colinford Mattis, is a furloughed Pryor Cashman associate. Mattis is a graduate of New York University and Princeton University, according to legal scholar Jonathan Turley’s blog. The second attorney, Urooj Rahman, is a registered attorney of New York. Rahman graduated from Fordham University School of Law in 2019.

“As we confront critical issues around historic and ongoing racism and inequity in our society, I am saddened to see this young man allegedly involved in the worst kind of reaction to our shared outrage over what had occurred,” Pryor Cashman managing partner Ron Shechtman tells the New York Post.


Mattis allegedly drove a minivan through Brooklyn early Saturday as Rahman threw the cocktail at an empty NYPD vehicle outside the 88th Precinct station house in Fort Greene.

Police saw Rahman throw the Molotov cocktail and followed the lawyers before stopping them several blocks away, where they were arrested. Officers, according to the NY Times, found materials for making Molotov cocktails including a bottle filled with toilet paper and gasoline.

Both are being federally charged with causing damage by fire and explosives to a police vehicle.

Mattis and Rahman are expected to be arraigned Monday.

Sources: Jonathan Turley, New York Post, NY Times

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