Lawyer charged with tossing Molotov cocktail at NYPD van pleads not responsible

The Brooklyn lawyer federally charged with tossing a Molotov cocktail into an empty NYPD automobile throughout George Floyd protests within the Large Apple pleaded not responsible to all fees Monday.

Urooj Rahman, 31, who was beforehand ordered held on the Metropolitan Detention Heart, entered the plea by means of her lawyer Paul Shechtman through a teleconference arraignment with Brooklyn federal Justice of the Peace Decide Cheryl Pollack.

In the course of the temporary telephone name, throngs of supporters of Rahman flooded the road, at occasions making it laborious for the decide and courtroom reporter to listen to.

“Love you, Rooj – keep sturdy!” one supporter shouted earlier than the continuing formally started, whereas one other yelled, “Preserve your head up, Urooj.”

“Love you, Aunt Roojie,” one other mentioned.

Rahman, a Fordham College College of Regulation graduate, then responded, “Love you guys, too.”

On the finish of the continuing, supporters and kinfolk who shouted, “We love you” and Rahman remained on the road for a number of minutes earlier than the convention name ended.

“Thanks for all of your help,” Rahman, talking from the detention middle, may very well be heard saying, together with, “I really like you, mother.”

Rahman, together with fellow lawyer Colinford Mattis, face 20 years in jail on seven counts charging them with use of explosives, arson, utilizing an explosive to commit a felony, arson conspiracy, use of a harmful machine, civil dysfunction and possessing and making a harmful machine within the alleged Could 30 assault in Brooklyn.

Urooj Rahman with fellow lawyer Colinford Mattis, driving.
Urooj Rahman with fellow lawyer Colinford Mattis, driving.

Rahman allegedly tossed the explosive machine right into a cop automobile whereas the pair had been driving round Brooklyn on Could 29 into Could 30 throughout a tense confrontation between police and demonstrators close to the 88th Precinct station home in Fort Greene.

Mattis, 32, a graduate of Princeton College and the New York College College of Regulation, was allegedly behind the wheel of the minivan they had been in when Rahman allegedly hurled the cocktail.

Rahman, who was photographed within the automobile holding an unlit Bud Mild bottle bomb whereas overlaying her face with a shawl, was caught on surveillance video setting the cop automobile ablaze, prosecutors have mentioned.

Nobody was harm in the course of the incident amid the protests sparked by the Minneapolis police killing of Floyd – and Rahman and Mattis had been rapidly nabbed by cops.

Mattis pleaded not responsible final week for his alleged function within the incident.

He’s additionally being held with out bail on the MDC.

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