Colinford Mattis Wiki – Colinford Mattis Biography
Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman, two Brooklyn lawyers, were arrested after a “Molotov cocktail” was launched at an empty police vehicle in Fort Greene, according to the New York Post. According to the New York Times, video surveillance outside the 88th Precinct captured Rahman climbing out of a tan Chrysler minivan, lighting the fuse attached to a Budweiser bottle, and hurling the makeshift bomb into the window of a marked police cruiser. Police reports also claim that officers saw Rahman throw the Molotov cocktail before climbing back into the minivan and speeding away.
Officers pursued the car for a couple of blocks before they successfully stopped the car, according to the Post. Police claim that Mattis, a Princeton-educated lawyer with a J.D. from New York University, was behind the wheel and that supplies to make additional devices were in plain view inside the car.
A Molotov cocktail is defined as a destructive device in the National Firearms Act. The name comes from Vyacheslav Molotov, a Soviet foreign minister who claimed he would drop food and supplies on Finnish troops and instead dropped bombs. The Finns nicknamed the bombs “Molotov breadbaskets” and called their makeshift weapons “Molotov cocktails.” According to the New Republic, Molotov cocktails were instrumental in fending off the Soviet invasion of the Finnish capital. The weapon has been used intermittently since then. None of the ingredients are illegal or particularly eye-raising on their own.
Who is Colinford Mattis
According to his LinkedIn, Mattis held a slew of impressive roles before his arrest. He was an anti-poverty intern for the mayor of San Francisco, a middle school math and science teacher with Teach for America, an intellectual property intern at W3Schools, a legislative fellow for State Senator Mike Johnson, and the president of the Princeton University Black Student Union. At the time of his arrest, Mattis was a furloughed associate at Pryor Cashman and a board member on the Brooklyn Community Board, according to the New York Times.
According to his profile at Pryor Cashman, Mattis advised on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financing, and corporate governance, reported the New York Times. The profile is no longer available on Pryor Cashman’s website. Ronald H. Schechtman, the managing partner of Pryor Cashman, released a statement indicating that they would review Mattis’s status at the firm this week, according to the New York Times.
“As we confront critical issues around historic and ongoing racism and inequity in our society, I am saddened to see this young man allegedly involved in the worst kind of reaction to our shared outrage over what had occurred,” the statement said.
According to the New York Times, Rahman is also exceptionally well-educated and worked as a human rights lawyer before her arrest. According to reports, she was identified in a Facebook post about a speaking engagement in April with a Muslim group, where Rahman was supposed to discuss “Love of the Earth.” It’s unclear how the pair know each other.