• February 7, 2023

Report: Lawyers charged in NYPD vehicle torching during Black Lives Matter protest offered plea deal

 Report: Lawyers charged in NYPD vehicle torching during Black Lives Matter protest offered plea deal



NEW YORK CITY, NY – The two lawyers who were indicted in relation to the torching of an NYPD van that occurred back on May 29th, 2020 have been reportedly offered a plea deal by federal prosecutors.

It’s currently unclear what the schematics of this plea bargain are, nor is it clear if the defendants charged have accepted the deals presented.


We at Law Enforcement Today have previously reported on the cases brought against Urooj Rahman and Colinford Mattis from the May 29th incident.

Prosecutors allege that while riots and protests were ongoing outside of the 88 Precinct stationhouse, Rahman had allegedly threw a Molotov cocktail at an NYPD van that was reportedly unoccupied at the time.

The second suspect, Mattis, had then allegedly served as the getaway driver for Rahman; allegedly driving the two away from the scene after the van was engulfed in flames.

However, the two suspects were reportedly arrested shortly after the incident occurred.

In the latest update relating to the cases against the two attorneys, there was reportedly a plea bargain offered to the two on February 11th by Brooklyn federal prosecutors.

The exact details of what was on the plea deals isn’t clear – as in how much time would be served by either of the defendants in the event they accepted the plea deal.


When charges against the two were originally filed, both Rahman and Mattis were potentially facing up to life in prison if convicted of the seven-count indictments that included use of explosives, arson, use of explosives to commit a felony, arson conspiracy, use of a destructive device, civil disorder, and making or possessing a destructive device.

Reportedly, legal representation for the accused arsonists have yet to comment on the plea bargains as well.

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