Molo­tov ma’s love

In emo­tional chat, tells jailed att’y to ‘stay strong’

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY NOAH GOLD­BERG

One of the lawyers ac­cused of throw­ing a Molo­tov cock­tail into an empty NYPD cruiser ear­lier this month dur­ing chaotic Brook­lyn protests ex­changed ten­der words with her mother from jail dur­ing a pub­lic tele­con­fer­ence court hear­ing Mon­day.

“I love you, Roo­jie. I love you, Roo­jie,” said the mother of Urooj Rah­man, 31, who is ac­cused of hurl­ing the in­cen­di­ary de­vice into an empty NYPD car in Fort Greene on May 30 dur­ing rau­cous an­tipo­lice bru­tal­ity protests.

“I love you, Mom,” Rah­man (inset) re­sponded each time.

The ex­change came at the end of a rowdy, open-to-thep­ub­lic tele­con­fer­ence court hear­ing where Rah­man pleaded not guilty to all seven charges against her — in­clud­ing ar­son and de­struc­tion of NYPD prop­erty.

She faces up to life in prison if con­victed, along with fel­low Brook­lyn at­tor­ney Colin­ford Mat­tis, 32, who is ac­cused of driv­ing Rah­man away from the scene af­ter she al­legedly threw the Molo­tov cock­tail.

More than 300 peo­ple called into the ar­raign­ment for the brief court ap­pear­ance for Rah­man, who is be­ing held at Brook­lyn’s fed­eral jail.

“Would peo­ple please mute their phones? I can­not hear …” said Fed­eral Mag­is­trate Judge Ch­eryl Pol­lak, trail­ing off as back­ground street noises over­pow­ered the con­fer­ence call.

“Guys, this is not dif­fi­cult. Please mute your phones,” said Paul Schect­man, Rah­man’s de­fense lawyer.

Af­ter the judge and lawyers left the call, dozens of friends and sup­port­ers of Rah­man — in­clud­ing her mother and some nieces and nephews — stayed on the line a few min­utes longer to of­fer her words of en­cour­age­ment.

“Stay strong, Urooj,” one said.

“I love you, Urooj, said an­other.

“Love you, guys,” Rah­man said. “Thank you for all your sup­port.”

“I’m stay­ing strong,” she added.

Rah­man and Mat­tis have been jailed for weeks at Brook­lyn’s Metropoli­tan De­ten­tion Cen­ter while a fed­eral ap­peals court de­ter­mines whether the duo is el­i­gi­ble for bail.

Rah­man and Mat­tis were tak­ing part in a mas­sive protest in the name of Ge­orge Floyd, a black man killed by a white Min­neapo­lis cop on May 25, when they al­legedly tar­geted the empty NYPD cruiser.

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