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 also “attempted 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 found “precursor” items 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 a “citizen journalist” in 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.