Urooj Rahman, a New York City MUSLIM attorney, was sentenced to 15 months behind bars on Friday for firebombing an empty New York City police vehicle with another lawyer during protests over the murder of George Floyd. Both Rahman and her Black lawyer co-conspirator pal, Colinford Mattis, have been disbarred. Mattis is scheduled for sentencing next month.
Daily Mail (h/t VMS) Before hearing her sentence, Urooj Rahman asked a judge to spare her prison time and give her a ‘second chance’ to redeem herself for what she called a momentary lapse of judgement. (HAH!)
‘I’m so incredibly sorry for my reckless and wrong actions,’ a tearful Rahman said in federal court in Brooklyn. ‘I don´t think there´s enough words to express my sorrow and regret. … I completely lost my way in the emotion of the night.’
Rahman and Colinford Mattis were arrested amid clashes between protesters and police on May 30, 2020, during an eruption of demonstrations following Floyd´s killing by a police officer in Minnesota.
U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan scolded her for thinking she could get away with violent protest. ‘It displays an amazing amount of arrogance. … It´’s just a very arrogant way to think,’ he said.
Federal prosecutors had recommended a sentence of 18 to 24 months as part of a plea deal.
Surveillance cameras recorded Rahman hurling an incendiary device into a parked police vehicle, setting fire to its console. No one was injured in the attack, but the vehicle was severely damaged.
Officers arrested the lawyers a short time later and said they found a lighter, a Bud Light beer bottle filled with toilet paper and a gasoline tank in the back of a minivan driven by Mattis, a corporate attorney. Prosecutors alleged the lawyers planned to distribute and throw other Molotov cocktails.
While other lawyers condemned their conduct, some objected to the severity of the charges, arguing that the case was improperly handled as if it were an act of domestic terrorism.