#Lawyer busted in Molotov cocktail attack on NYPD suspended from law firm

Lawyer busted in Molotov cocktail attack on NYPD suspended from law firm

June 4, 2020 | 3:10pm | Updated June 4, 2020 | 4:02pm

The Ivy League-educated lawyer and Brooklyn community board member busted in Saturday’s Molotov cocktail attack on a marked NYPD vehicle amid George Floyd protests has been suspended without pay by the prestigious law firm where he worked.

“Colinford Mattis has been placed on suspension without pay, pending the resolution of the criminal proceedings. The suspension went into effect on Monday,” Ronald H. Shechtman, a managing partner at the firm Pryor Cashman, said in a statement.

Mattis had been furloughed since April as the firm cut costs to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

Mattis, 32, was allegedly behind the wheel of a minivan as his passenger, fellow attorney Urooj Rahman, allegedly hurled the incendiary at an empty NYPD vehicle outside the 88th Precinct stationhouse in Fort Greene early Saturday.

Mattis, a graduate of Princeton University and the New York University School of Law, was an associate at corporate Manhattan firm Pryor Cashman, which has 186 lawyers and staff across its three offices in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, according to its website.

Brooklyn Community Board 5 in East New York lists Mattis as one of its members.

Rahman, 31, meanwhile, is also an attorney in New York state, who was admitted to the bar in June 2019 after graduating from Fordham University School of Law.

She was released on bail following a contentious appearance in Brooklyn federal court in which prosecutors strongly objected to her release. Mattis was also sprung.

The Brooklyn residents are federally charged with causing damage by fire and explosives to a police vehicle, during demonstrations over the death of Floyd.

“No rational human being can ever believe that hurling firebombs at police officers and vehicles is justified,” said Brooklyn US Attorney Richard Donaghue.

If convicted, each of them faces up to 20 years behind bars with a mandatory minimum sentence of five years.


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