MANHATTAN, NY- So much for being “pillars of the community”. Now two far-left attorneys could be facing life sentences after police say they torched a police vehicle during the New York City riots.
Now these lawyers find themselves on the flip side of the law…. and their lawyers are ripping mad about how they’re “being treated” (full update below).
From the DOJ website:
Two Brooklyn Residents and a Greene County Resident Indicted in Connection with Molotov Cocktail Attacks on NYPD Vehicles
Two indictments were returned yesterday in federal court in Central Islip, New York, charging Samantha Shader, and co-defendants Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman in connection with their alleged attempts to use improvised incendiary devices, commonly known as “Molotov Cocktails,” to damage and destroy New York City Police Department vehicles during protests this past month.
The seven-count indictments each charge the defendants with the use of explosives, arson, use of explosives to commit a felony, arson conspiracy, use of a destructive device, civil disorder, and making or possessing a destructive device.
Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), and Dermot F. Shea, Commissioner, New York City Police Department (NYPD), announced the charges…
The charges in the indictments are allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
If convicted on all counts, the defendants face sentences of up to life imprisonment.
As more information is learned about the funding behind the insurrectionist violent protests across the United States, one name keeps coming up…America-hating billionaire George Soros.
Now, Law Enforcement Today has learned through Breitbart News that one of the lawyers arrested in connection with a Molotov cocktail attack on the New York Police Department has ties to a Soros-funded group.
Two New York attorneys, Colinford Mattis, 32, and Urooj Rahman, 31, were caught attempting to distribute homemade Molotov cocktails to protesters in Brooklyn who were involved in riots near the 88th Precinct in the Fort Greene section of the borough.
According to a witness, they said that “Rahman attempted to distribute Molotov cocktails to the witness and others so that those individuals could likewise use the incendiary devices in furtherance of more destruction and violence.”
The witness confided this to authorities and it was quoted in a detention memo from federal prosecutors from the Eastern District of New York.
The New York Daily News obtained a photo of Rahman, who was wearing a Palestinian keffiyeh, or scarf partially covering her face while holding a makeshift Molotov cocktail.
The keffiyeh, which has black and white checks, is typically identified as a symbol of Palestinian nationalism. The red and white version is typically worn by Islamic terrorists.
Rahman has ties to the Mada Al-Carmel Arab Center for Applied Social Research, which works in partnership with Palestine Works, a U.S.-based nonprofit which promotes human rights and development for Palestinians.
Rahman, who graduated from Fordham Law School held a summer fellowship internship at the center in 2014.
The Mada-Al Carmel center is heavily financed by Soros through his Open Society Foundations, according to the center’s website.
A group that monitors non-governmental organizations, NGO, which specializes the Arab-Israeli conflict, notes that Mada-Al Carmel maintains some radical political advocacy positions.
Among positions they take is co-authoring the Haifa Declaration, which apparently calls for a change in how Israel is defined, and it also accuses Israel of “exploiting” the Holocaust to make Palestinians look bad.
Mada-Al Carmel wrote in 2011 in their journal Jadal a focus on, “Boycotting Israel: Between Theory and Practice.”
During her fellowship with the Soros-backed group, Rahman had spent a week with the radical Palestine Works organization.
“Each day includes presentations and workshops led by attorneys and human rights advocates, as well as field visits to human rights flashpoints, such as East Jerusalem, Hebron, the Jordan Valley” the website states.
While Rahman was in Palestine, it appears that was where she may have become somewhat radicalized. When she returned to the U.S. from her internship, she authored an article for Fordham’s human rights newsletter, in which she described attending protest rallies against Israeli troops.
In the article, which is entitled “Witnessing occupation, apartheid, and resistance in Palestine/Israel,” there is some indication, Breitbart notes, which “may be instructive in understanding her mindset and alleged criminal actions over the weekend.”
Following is what she wrote, in part with emphasis added:
“I witnessed this oppression quite vividly on my initial visit to the West Bank. I was greeted by heavily armed Israel Defense Force soldiers (aka the Israeli Occupation Force) ushering people through Qalandia Checkpoint, one of the main points of entry into Ramallah in the West Bank from Jerusalem and a potent symbol of Israeli occupation.
While taking part in one of the largest protests in the West Bank from Jerusalem and a potent symbol of Israeli occupation. While taking part in one of the largest protests in the West Bank since the second intifada this past July, I saw how peaceful protests at Qalandia (and other places) can turn into violent clashes when IDF soldiers provoke violence using tear gas, stun grenades, rubber-coated steel bullets and, often, live ammunition at civilians exercising their free speech.
Over 40,000 strong, this protest was composed of youth, families, women, men children and grandparents, all of whom marched together from the center of Ramallah to Qalandia checkpoint on the road to Jerusalem.
What started out as a peaceful demonstration of resistance to the occupation and in solidarity with fellow Palestinians in Gaza—who were at this time facing aerial bombardment while under occupational blockade with nowhere to escape—turned into an all-out clash.
Young Palestinians were forced to resort to throwing rocks, their only form of self-defense, as IDF soldiers fired tear gas and skin-penetrating bullets into a peaceful crowd.”
Breitbart said that Rahman had previously expressed similar feelings in speaking about the United States. For example, in 2015, she wrote an article for the same newsletter in which she claimed, “militarized over-policing goes hand-in-hand with the gentrification of neighborhoods in New York City and throughout the country.”
She continued that “the process of gentrification runs its course with the help of institutionalized racism,” and stated that this is aided by the targeting of black and brown communities by police.
She had further called for an “overhaul of policing in America to end “gentrification’s violent effects on communities of color.”
Of course, this is in part the central theme of the current violent protests taking place across the United States, calls which have seen politicians (primarily Democrats), overpaid athletes, and Hollywood elites jumping on the bandwagon.
As Law Enforcement Today previously reported, Rahman’s bail, set at $250,000, was posted by a woman named Salmah Rizvi, a former high-level official in the Obama administration. Connecting the dots yet?
Prosecutors appealed her release, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second District revoked her bond, and she was returned to federal custody.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, Rizvi held intelligence posts at both the State and Defense Departments under Obama, where she also was involved in assisting with Obama’s daily intelligence briefings.
Rizvi told the Gothamist news site that she had met Raman in 2014 while they were both in law school, and that both shared an interest in helping refugees. Rizvi referred to Raman as “the best friend anyone can ask for.”
She noted that Rahman had interned at the Center for Constitutional Rights and had attended protests in the past, however she allegedly believed in non-violent resistance.
“She’s never promoted violence and she’d never harm another human being,” she added.
Apparently, unless you’re a New York City cop.
Of course, the Soros web also weaves into the Center for Constitutional Rights—it is also heavily financed by Soros’ Open Society Foundations. The Center serves as a major hub for anti-Israel activism, which seeks to undermine that country’s legitimacy.
Both Rahman and Rizvi have a long history of numerous anti-Israel events and organizations. The fact that Rizvi was so close to the Obama administration and was intimately involved in intelligence briefings serves as a gigantic red flag.
Some former prosecutors are questioning the severity of the charges levied against Mattis and Rahman.
The Associated Press said that fifty-six former federal prosecutors had urged the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday to reconsider the decision to keep the two leftists locked up while they await trial, saying it was “contrary both to the law and to our collective decades of experience.”
Meanwhile, prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn disagreed, saying that the two attorneys violated their oaths and had crossed a “sacred line” by targeting police.
“These were lawyers, in particular, who had every reason to know what they were doing was wrong,” Assistant U.S. Attorney David Kessler told the court. “Committing these crimes required essentially a fundamental change in mindset.”
While the appeals panel did not rule on the motion to release the lawyers, they did express shock at the firebombing, with one judge in particular calling “the whole case unimaginable.”
The AP was also told by several former prosecutors who are not involved with the case that the prosecution of the two was more about politics than public safety. Because throwing and/or providing Molotov cocktails is purely a political move apparently.
“The government seems to be trying to do everything it can to punish people charged in these protests as harshly as possible, and they’re going way overboard here,” said Duncan Levin, a former prosecutor who worked out of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn.
“This case should have been charged in state court,” he added. “This seems more than anything like scare tactics and trumped up charges by the federal government.”
Ah, see what he did there…”trumped” up charges.
Yet another attorney, Lucy Lang, a former assistant district attorney in Manhattan said the mandatory prison sentence is “extreme and a relic of a bygone era of draconian policies that have hurt families and communities for decades.”
None of the attorneys speaking in opposition to the proposed penalties addressed what would have happened if one of the Molotov cocktails being handed out by the defendants happened to injure or kill police officers or civilians.
Rahman’s defense attorney, Paul Schechtman downplayed the seriousness of the incident, saying that both suspects had “gotten caught up” in the demonstration, however “had enough sense about them to pick their target so that no one would be harmed.”
“It is one night where really fine people lost their way,” Schechtman said. “One can lose one’s sense in a moment or even in an hour on an evening like this.”
Even a leftist radical who worked for George Soros and worked on anti-Semitic causes.
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