Documents: Lawyer Who Tossed Molotov Cocktail at NYPD Vehicle Cites 9/11 Trauma

Urooj Rahman, the lawyer who tossed a Molotov cocktail at an empty New York Police Department patrol vehicle during the George Floyd riots of 2020, is reportedly asking for a reduced sentence — reasoning that she was drunk at the time and also dealing with “early trauma” related to being a Muslim in post-9/11 America.

According to court documents seen by the New York Post, the lawyers representing Rahman, 33, argue she had been downing vodka “on an empty stomach” on May 30, 2020 and “became quite drunk” before Rahman and fellow lawyer Colinford Mattis, 34, set the vehicle ablaze near the 88th Precinct stationhouse in the New York City neighborhood of Fort Greene.

“Tossing the Molotov cocktail was a way of expressing anger at those police officers around the country for whom Black lives did not matter,” Rahman’s lawyers reportedly wrote to Brooklyn Federal Court Judge Brian M. Cogan. “It was an act of protest intended to avoid exposing others to harm.”

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