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Former Obama-Era Official Secures Bail for Lawyer Accused of Tossing Molotov Cocktail at Police Car: Reports

A former Obama administration official has secured bail for a lawyer accused of firebombing a police cruiser during George Floyd unrest in New York City, according to a court transcript and multiple reports.

According to the Washington Free Beacon and Fox News, Washington-based lawyer Salmah Rizvi, who worked in both the State and Defense departments under former President Barack Obama, helped bail out fellow attorney Urooj Rahman, who prosecutors accuse of “tossing a Molotov Cocktail at an unoccupied NYPD vehicle.”

A court transcript (pdf) from Rahmans Monday arraignment indicates that Rizvi agreed to sign a bond, telling the judge: “Urooj Rahman is my best friend and I am an associate at the law firm Ropes & Gray in Washington, D.C. I earn $255,000 a year.”

The judge told the accused that if Rizvi signs the bond “and you dont do everything youre supposed to do and you dont appear when youre supposed to, they will be jointly and severally liable to the United States Government for a quarter of a million dollars.”

He added that if Rahman fails to show up for her hearing, she could be charged with jumping bail, which carries a mandatory prison sentence.

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Police prepare to make dozens of arrests amid unrest in Manhattan, New York City, N.Y., on June 3, 2020. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Prosecutors with the Eastern District of New York said in a release on Sunday that an NYPD surveillance camera caught Rahman tossing a Molotov Cocktail at a parked police car in Brooklyn, New York, before escaping in a minivan.

Police set off in pursuit and arrested Rahman, along with Colinford Mattis, also an attorney, who drove the escape vehicle. Inside the minivan, police found several precursor items used to build Molotov Cocktails, including a lighter, a bottle filled with toilet paper, and a liquid suspected to be gasoline.

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