2 lawyers charged with torching NYPD vehicle with Molotov cocktail out on bail

Kimberly Dole
July 01, 2020 - 7:33 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Two Brooklyn lawyers were released on bail on Tuesday pending their trial on federal charges of torching an empty police vehicle with a Molotov cocktail during a protest over the death of George Floyd.

Colinford Mattis, 32, and Urooj Rahman, 31, left the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn after an appeals court ruled 2-1 to release them to home confinement with electronic monitoring.

According to prosecutors, Rahman a Molotov cocktail into a police vehicle on May 30 during a protest.

A lighter, a beer bottle filled with toilet paper and a gasoline tank in the back of a minivan driven by Mattis, officials said.

No one was injured in the attack.

Federal prosecutors had argued that "irreparable harm" would result if the attorneys were released before their trial on charges that could put them in prison for nearly 50 years.

Neither lawyer had a criminal record and both had deep ties to the community, Judge Peter Hall of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals noted.

"The conditions of release contain provisions that impede defendants’ ability to engage in criminal activity," Hall wrote in the majority opinion.

Jon O. Newman said that Rahman and Mattis "remain a risk to being provoked again to take additional dangerous actions" and that that risk "creates a danger to the community."

Both were released after posting a $250,000 bond each.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.