Two high profile lawyers who have been charged with attacking the NYPD with molotov cocktails have had their bail revoked.
A U.S. Court of Appeals reversed the bail decision and the attorneys must return to jail.
Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman have been charged with throwing molotov cocktails at police as tensions escaled in NYC.
The news was announced on the official US Attorney EDNY Twitter account, which posted:
Attorneys Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman charged in Molotov cocktail attack on
are now back in federal custody after the U.S. Court of Appeals reversed bail decision by the District Court.
You can see the official tweet below:
Violence against law enforcement has increased dramatically in the wake of demonstrations protesting the death of George Floyd.
Leftist radicals have even called for the total defunding of police departments.
And in some cases, rioters have taken violence into their own hands.
The New York Times confirms the molotov cocktail attack:
The day before he went out to protest, Colinford Mattis, 32, an Ivy-educated corporate lawyer in Brooklyn, chatted for over an hour on the phone with a close high school friend. They discussed George Floyd’s death as just “another example of an unarmed black person being killed,” the friend said, but they talked about grocery shopping and YouTube videos as well.
The next afternoon, Urooj Rahman, 31, who is also a lawyer and Mr. Mattis’s close friend, attended a Zoom talk about building “solidarity movements” between people of color. Ms. Rahman had recently finished fasting for Ramadan and was caring for her mother at home, also in Brooklyn.
What happened next came as a surprise to many who know the two young lawyers.
The pair took to the streets on May 29 with thousands of New Yorkers who were voicing their outrage over Mr. Floyd’s death. But after midnight, police officers spotted them in a tan minivan driving through the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn. At one point, Ms. Rahman climbed out, walked toward an empty police patrol car and threw a Molotov cocktail through its broken window, prosecutors said.
Their arrests shortly after were a startling turn for the two, who were otherwise role models in their communities. Both children of immigrants, they rose from working-class Brooklyn neighborhoods to win a long list of awards and campus leadership positions. Mr. Mattis graduated from Princeton University and New York University Law School, while Ms. Rahman went to Fordham University for college and law school.
A little over a week after their arrests, it is difficult to draw conclusions about their motivations. If the charges prove to be true, were the two spurred by an ill-advised moment of anger — or did they act out of a deeper, darker disillusionment with the political system in the wake of Mr. Floyd’s death?
A portrait of Mr. Mattis and Ms. Rahman was assembled from interviews with more than three dozen of their friends, relatives, colleagues, neighbors and former professors. Those who knew the two well said they had long been passionate about social justice issues and had expressed frustration over Mr. Floyd’s death, but never showed a desire to commit violence.
Investigators have been scrutinizing their social media accounts and personal backgrounds to determine whether the pair had been involved with groups that espoused violence, according to law enforcement officials briefed on the investigation. But they appear to have found no evidence of such ties, and prosecutors did not offer a motive in court filings.
Still, in a video interview with Loudlabs News NYC, first reported by The New York Post, less than an hour before the attack, Ms. Rahman said it was understandable for people to be in the streets and enraged about police brutality.
“This has got to stop, and the only way they hear, the only way they hear us is through violence, through the means that they use,” she said.
She suggested that the destruction of police property was appropriate.
“People are angry because the police are never held accountable,” she said.
What is particularly interesting is the stature of both Mattis and Rahman.
They both have high profile jobs in the city and have received elite education.
In other words, they have found incredible success thanks to the American dream, yet they are accused of committing violence against the police.
What makes the story even more interesting is that the bail was paid for by an ex-Obama intel official.
These attorneys have been charged with attacking the NYPD.
Yet a former Obama official wants to bail them out of jail.
This begs the question: what kind of radicals were working in the Obama administration?
Was it normal for members of the administration to support violence and those who stand against law enforcement?
Fox News confirms the bail payout, which was later revoked:
A former high-level Obama administration intelligence official has guaranteed the $250,000 bail for the New York City lawyer who allegedly firebombed an unoccupied NYPD police cruiser early Saturday, calling the suspect her "best friend," Fox News has confirmed.
The Washington Free Beacon first reported that Salmah Rizvi, who served in the Defense Department and State Department during the Obama administration, went to bat for Urooj Rahman, who was arrested this weekend alongside Pryor Cashman associate Colinford Mattis.
Rizvi, an associate at the law firm Ropes & Gray, told the court: "Urooj Rahman is my best friend and I am an associate at the law firm Ropes & Gray in Washington, D.C. ... I earn $255,000 a year."
The Free Beacon noted that, according to her biography at the Islamic Scholarship Fund, Rizvi's "high-value work would often inform the president's daily briefs." Rizvi's biography on Ropes & Gray's website states that she was an analyst "focusing primarily on sanctioned finance operations."
Rizvi also received a scholarship supported by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a radical anti-Israel group, and was a fellow at a legal organization that supports boycotting Israel. In 2009, the FBI severed its once-close ties to CAIR amid mounting evidence that the group had links to a support network for Hamas.
Rizvi additionally received scholarship funds from the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, founded by the brother of left-wing megadonor George Soros.
Rahman and Mattis are charged in the intentional torching of the police cruiser, and could each face up to 20 years in prison. Mattis had been furloughed amid the coronavirus pandemic and is currently suspended without pay from Pryor Cashman, Fox News was told. Both have now made bail.
Evidence in the case appeared strong, the district court judge overseeing the case acknowledged. Prosecutors presented the court a photograph appearing to show Mattis driving a van from which Rahman allegedly hurled a Molotov cocktail at the police cruiser. Although Mattis himself isn't accused of throwing the explosive, authorities said they later found additional incendiary devices in the car -- and prosecutors argue he was knowingly instrumental to the attack.
The bail was officially revoked by a federal appeals court.
The NY Daily News confirms:
Prosecutors appealed again and Friday the federal panel decided to send Mattis and Rahman back into lock up to wait until a final ruling is reached.
How ironic that those who have benefited most from the "system" are protesting against it.
This is elitist hypocrisy at its finest.
This type of behavior from coastal elites is exactly what drives Americans to support President Trump more than ever.