#‘Molotov thrower’ Urooj Rahman blames de Blasio for not holding back NYPD amid protests

‘Molotov thrower’ Urooj Rahman blames de Blasio for not holding back NYPD amid protests

June 5, 2020 | 4:39pm

The Brooklyn lawyer accused of tossing a Molotov cocktail into an NYPD vehicle blamed Mayor Bill de Blasio for not holding back cops for their own protection less than an hour before the incident, according to a video interview.

“I think this protest is a long time coming,” lawyer Urooj Rahman said near the Barclays Center in Brooklyn around 12:15 a.m. May 30.

“This s–t won’t ever stop unless we f–kin’ take it all down. And that’s why the anger is being expressed tonight in this way,” she said.

During the four-minute interview, Rahman claimed to be unaware that cops had been hurt by protesters during violent clashes sparked by the police killing of George Floyd — but said de Blasio should have held back the NYPD “the way that the mayor in Minneapolis did.”

Lawyer Urooj Rahman, seen in interview with loudlabs
Lawyer Urooj Rahman, seen in interview with Loudlabsloudlabs

“I think the mayor should have done that, because if he really cared about his police officers, he should have realized that it’s not worth them getting hurt,” she said.

Rahman was then caught on surveillance video just before 1 a.m. that day lighting a Molotov cocktail and tossing it into an empty police vehicle near the 88th Precinct, according to court papers.

Rahman, 31, said in the video before the molotov incident that violence against cops was “understandable,” adding, “people are angry because the police are never held accountable.

“This has got to stop. And the only way they hear, the only way they hear us is through violence, through the means that they use,” she said.

Lawyers Urooj Rahman, passenger, and Colinford Mattis, driving
Lawyers Urooj Rahman, passenger, and Colinford Mattis, driving.

“We’ve got to use the massa’s [master’s] tools, that’s what my friend always says.”

Rahman — who spelled out her first name at the end of the interview — spoke while covering her face with the same black-and-white headdress that she wore in a photo that Brooklyn federal prosecutors say shows her clutching a Molotov cocktail in the passenger seat of a minivan driven by fellow lawyer and co-defendant Colinford Mattis, 32.

Rahman was also wearing the same T-shirt — which shows a clenched fist clutching a strand of barbed wire and the words “THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES REGARDLESS” — in which she was arrested.

She and Mattis were chased down and allegedly caught with the makings for more homemade explosives, which the feds say they’d been offering to other protesters “in furtherance of more destruction and violence.”

Lawyer Urooj Rahman,
Lawyer Urooj Rahmanloudlabs

During her video interview, Rahman claimed that protesters were “not targeting random people, they’re targeting precincts.

“It’s a way to show their pain, their anger,” she said.

Rahman and Mattis were both released on bail Monday over the objections of prosecutors, who have filed an appeal to have them locked up pending trial.

They’re each charged with one count of damaging a police vehicle by fire and explosives, which carries a maximum 20 years in prison and a mandatory minimum of five.

Neither Rahman’s lawyers nor City Hall immediately returned requests for comment Friday afternoon.


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