July 2, 2020
From what I can discover on the interwebs, Urooj Rahman graduated from Fordham Law School in 2015, and thereafter “worked to assist and empower refugees fleeing to Turkey. Urooj provided direct services to asylum-seekers in Istanbul. As a foreign lawyer in Turkey, she lent her legal assistance mostly to non-Syrians going through the UNHCR refugee status determination procedure. She also used her direct service experience to inform her contribution to international advocacy and awareness-raising initiatives.”
According to his Linkedin profile, Colinford Mattis is an associate with the New York City law firm of Prior Cashman. He has three foster children, and is in the process of adopting two of them.
Rahman and Mattis were recently arrested and charged in the federal district court in New York with throwing a Molotov cocktail through the broken window of an unoccupied police car — that had already been vandalized — during a protest against police brutality. No one was hurt.
If convicted, Rahman and Mattis would each be subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 45 years in prison.
By way of comparison, from 2015 to 2019 the median sentence for murder in the Second Circuit (of which New York is a part) was 16 years.