Attorney Who Firebombed Police Cruiser At George Floyd Riots Says She Was Drunk And Dealing With ‘Unprocessed Trauma’


A New York lawyer convicted in the firebombing of a police vehicle during 2020 protests following George Floyd’s death claims to have been intoxicated and struggling with “unprocessed trauma,” requesting no further prison time in her upcoming sentencing, a court document shows.

In May, attorneys Urooj Rahman and Colinford Mattis agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy, with the government recommending 18 to 24 months imprisonment. They were arrested on May 30, 2020, while allegedly in possession of explosive device components after fleeing from a scene where Rahman “hurled a Molotov cocktail at an NYPD vehicle,” the Eastern District of New York U. S. Attorney’s Office said.

Rahman’s lawyers sent U. S. District Court Judge Brian M. Cogan a Sept. 9 memorandum arguing she did not warrant further prison time after serving 28 days in the Metropolitan Detention Center prior to her bail release and spending the last two years being detained at home with an electronic monitoring device. They quoted Urooj’s therapist as saying she “‘has been able to recognize how unprocessed trauma has impacted her mental state’ and to develop ‘new coping strategies that help her manage stress better.'”... (Read more)

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