Gli avvocati di Brooklyn si dichiarano colpevoli di un'accusa nel caso di cocktail molotov legato alla protesta di George Floyd

Two lawyers who federal prosecutors say took part during an anti-police brutality protest last year in making a Molotov cocktail and throwing it at an empty New York Police Department vehicle have each pleaded guilty to one charge related to the incident.

Colinford Mattis, 34, and Urooj Rahman, 32, each pleaded guilty Wednesday in a Brooklyn courtroom to a count of knowingly making and possessing a destructive deviceone of several charges brought by prosecutors.
Each attorney could face up to 10 anni di prigione, US District Judge Brian Cogan said, adding the two would facevirtually certain disbarment.Both have been free on bond.
      I deeply regret my conduct, and wish I’d made better choices on that night,” Mattis told Cogan during Wednesday’s plea hearing. He noted he is being treated for substance abuse and completed inpatient treatment for alcohol abuse in May.
        I deeply regret my actions,” Rahman told the judge, adding she is being treated for anxiety and depression by a psychiatrist and psychologist.
          They are set to be sentenced February 8.
          Mattis and Rahman were indicted in June 2020 on seven federal counts, including use of explosives, incendio doloso, using an explosive to commit a felony, arson conspiracy, use of a destructive device, civil disorder and possessing and making a destructive device.
          Neither has entered a plea on any other charges.
          The defendants had taken part in protests in Brooklyn in late May over the morte di George Floyd, hanno detto i procuratori federali. The Black man’s killing in Minneapolis police custody on May 25, 2020, sparked demonstrations nationwide over police use of force.
          At the Brooklyn protest, Rahman approached an empty NYPD vehicle with an already broken window and tossed in a makeshift explosive device, secondo le dichiarazioni del tribunale.
          She alsoattempted to distribute Molotov cocktails to several other individuals and to incite them to use the Molotov cocktails in the course of the protests.
          Rahman fled the scene in a van driven by Mattis, dimostrano i documenti del tribunale. Police stopped the vehicle and foundprecursoritems to build explosives, including a lighter, a Bud Light bottle filled with toilet paper and a gasoline tank.
          During Wednesday’s plea hearing, Assistant US Attorney Ian Richardson shared more evidence against Rahman and Mattis. It included a text message from Mattis on the night of the alleged incident that read, “Go burn down 1 PP (a nickname for the NYPD headquarters)” along with a Google Maps link with directions.
            Prosecutors also have a video interview Rahman gave to acitizen journalistin which she said, “This has got to stop and the only way they hear us is through violence,” Richardson said.
            Neither defendant responded Wednesday in court to those accusations.

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