Urooj Rahman is a human rights lawyer who was accused and arrested for allegedly launching a “Molotov cocktail” at an empty police vehicle in Fort Greene with her colleague, Colinford Mattis amidst the riots that followed after the extra-judicial killing of George Floyd.
She is 31 years old.
Urooj Rahman is reportedly a ‘human rights activist. She is registered as an attorney in New York state, who was admitted to the bar in June 2019 after graduating from Fordham University School of Law.
She is a graduate of Fordham Law School.
Attorney Rahman likes to keep her personal life private hence information about her dating life is under research. It is not known whether she is married, dating, or has any children. However, this information will be updated as soon as it is available.
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On Monday, two lawyers, namely, Urooj Rahman (31) and Colinford Mattis (32), who were accused of throwing Molotov Cocktail into a police vehicle in New York City during the riots that followed after the extra-judicial killing of George Floyd, were released on bail by a United States District Court in Brooklyn.
According to the police, surveillance video captured the bomb attack near the 88th Precinct station in Fort Greene neighbourhood of New York City. The video allegedly showed a 31-year-old Urooj Rahman throwing a lit Bud light beer bottle filled with gasoline, out of a country minivan driven by Mattis, into the broken window of a police car. The duo was stopped and arrested by another patrol car a few blocks away from the scene. The cops found materials to make more Molotov cocktails inside the car. The police also discovered gasoline, lighter, and bottles filled with toilet paper.
Riots in the U.S
After Floyd’s death, violent protests have broken out in several US cities. Frenzied mobs had set the 3rd precinct offices of the police in Minneapolis on fire.
What is a Molotov Cocktail?
A Molotov cocktail is defined as a destructive device in the National Firearms Act. The name comes from Vyacheslav Molotov, a Soviet foreign minister who claimed he would drop food and supplies on Finnish troops and instead dropped bombs. The Finns nicknamed the bombs “Molotov breadbaskets” and called their makeshift weapons “Molotov cocktails.” According to the New Republic, Molotov cocktails were instrumental in fending off the Soviet invasion of the Finnish capital. The weapon has been used intermittently since then. None of the ingredients are illegal or particularly eye-raising on their own.
As per reports, Judge Steven Gold approved their bail order on a bond of $250,000. During the court hearing, their bail plea was opposed vehemently by the Federal counsels. The accused would be confined to their homes and the family members would be responsible, in case the accused jump bail. An appeal made by the Federal prosecutors, seeking a stay on the bail order in a separate hearing was also dismissed.
Releasing ‘bomb thrower’
When Mattis drove near a police car in Fort Greene, Rahman exited from the passenger’s side and then lit and threw an incendiary device consisting of a glass bottle containing an incendiary chemical. She tossed it into a previously broken window, according to the feds.
The minivan fled the scene, but was stopped a short time later by a patrol car. Officers arrested Rahman and Mattis.
“During the arrest, officers observed in plain view several precursor items used to build a Molotov cocktail, including a lighter, a Bud Light beer bottle filled with toilet paper and a liquid suspected to be gasoline in the vicinity of the passenger seat and a gasoline tank in the rear of the vehicle,” the complaint said.
Mattis and Rahman were both charged with the attempted attack on an empty police cruiser parked outside the 88th Precinct station.
Federal prosecutor objects to releasing ‘bomb thrower’
According to reports, the Federal Prosecutor stated that Mattis and Rahman drove around in their car, amidst the riots, to burn police vehicles using Molotov cocktails. He reiterated that it was not the right time to set a ‘bomb thrower’ free. The prosecutor said that even though the duo were lawyers, their actions were contrary to the laws of the land. He added that Rahman threw her career away when she decided to throw the Molotov cocktail into an unmanned police car. “That is not the action of a rational person,” the prosecutor observed.
The alleged image of Rahman throwing the gasoline bottle out of a car window had gone viral on social media.