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Greene County women indicted in Molotov Cocktail attack at Brooklyn protest

According to the Daily Freeman, here is the story on the Greene County women indicted in Molotov Cocktail attack at Brooklyn protest.

"A Greene County woman and two Brooklyn residents have been indicted for Molotov cocktail attacks on New York Police Department vehicles during a May 29 protest in Brooklyn over the death of George Floyd.

Federal prosecutors, in a statement issued Monday, said Samantha Shader, 27, of Catskill, and her two co-defendants, Colinford Mattis, 32, and Urooj Rahman, 31, both of Brooklyn, were indicted Thursday in U.S. District Court in Central Islip on charges of using explosives, arson, using explosives to commit a felony, arson conspiracy, using a destructive device, civil disorder, and making or possessing a destructive device.

The charges stem from the use of improvised incendiary devices, commonly called Molotov cocktails, to damage and destroy NYPD vehicles, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York said.

"Amid largely peaceful demonstrations taking place on the night of May 29, 2020, these defendants allegedly hurled Molotov cocktails at NYPD vehicles without regard for the potentially deadly consequences," federal prosecutor Richard Donoghue said in a statement. "Such criminal acts should never be confused with legitimate protest. Those who carry out attacks on NYPD officers or vehicles are not protesters, they are criminals, and they will be treated as such."

As detailed in court filings in the case against Shader, a video recorded by a witness showed her igniting a Molotov cocktail and throwing it at an NYPD vehicle occupied by four officers, shattering two of its windows, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. It said officers chased Shader as she tried to run away and were able to catch her.

Authorities said previously that Shader admitted under questioning to throwing the device at a police van.

The court filings against Mattis and Rahman, according to prosecutors, state an NYPD surveillance camera recorded Rahman tossing a Molotov cocktail at a police vehicle parked near the 88th Precinct in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn, then fleeing in a tan minivan. Officers pursued the minivan and arrested Rahman and Mattis, who was the vehicle's driver, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

In the vehicle, according to prosecutors, police found several component items for Molotov cocktails, including a lighter, a bottle filled with liquid suspected to be gasoline and toilet paper, additional bottles and toilet paper, and a gasoline canister.

If convicted on all counts, the three defendants face sentences of up to life in prison.

The May 29 protest was held four days after Floyd, who was black, died in Minneapolis after a white police officer pressed a knee into Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes as Floyd was lying on ground, handcuffed. Floyd's death has spurred weeks of protests across the United States and in some foreign countries."

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