NEW YORK (AP) — A New York Metropolis legal professional was sentenced to fifteen months behind bars on Friday for firebombing an empty New York Metropolis police automobile with one other lawyer throughout protests over the homicide of George Floyd.
Earlier than listening to her sentence, Urooj Rahman requested a decide to spare her jail time and provides her a “second likelihood” to redeem herself for what she referred to as a momentary lapse of judgement.
“I’m so extremely sorry for my reckless and fallacious actions,” a tearful Rahman stated in federal court docket in Brooklyn. “I don’t assume there’s sufficient phrases to precise my sorrow and remorse. … I fully misplaced my approach within the emotion of the night time.”
U.S. District Choose Brian Cogan praised her for selecting a profession in public curiosity regulation to struggle in opposition to social injustices.
“You’re a outstanding one who did a horrible factor on one night time,” Cogan stated.
Nevertheless, Cogan additionally scolded her for considering she might get away with violent protest.
“It shows an incredible quantity of vanity. … It’s only a very boastful technique to assume,” he stated.
Federal prosecutors had beneficial a sentence of 18 to 24 months as a part of a plea deal.
Rahman and Colinford Mattis had been arrested amid clashes between protesters and police on Could 30, 2020, throughout an eruption of demonstrations following Floyd’s killing by a police officer in Minnesota.
Surveillance cameras recorded Rahman hurling an incendiary gadget right into a parked police automobile, setting hearth to its console. Nobody was injured within the assault, however the automobile was severely broken.
Officers arrested the legal professionals a short while later and stated they discovered a lighter, a Bud Gentle beer bottle stuffed with rest room paper and a gasoline tank at the back of a minivan pushed by Mattis, a company legal professional. Prosecutors alleged the legal professionals deliberate to distribute and throw different Molotov cocktails.
Whereas different legal professionals condemned their conduct, some objected to the severity of the fees, arguing that the case was improperly dealt with as if it had been an act of home terrorism. When the U.S. legal professional in Brooklyn requested that the legal professionals be detained with out bail, 56 former federal prosecutors despatched a authorized transient to the court docket criticizing the federal government’s dealing with of the case.
Rahman and Mattis have been disbarred. Mattis is scheduled for sentencing subsequent month.