Cities and communities across the country are being damaged and destroyed as several protests have turned into riots.
President Donald Trump, Attorney General Bill Barr, and many others have warned that they will go after those who carry out violent actions.
Now, the U.S. federal government took serious action against two lawyers and a woman from New York who allegedly attempted to firebomb police officers.
Lawyers Urooj Rahman and Colinford Mattis have been accused of throwing a Molotov cocktail at a parked NYPD vehicle during the riots in late May in Brooklyn, New York City.
They fled the scene when officers arrived but were later caught. When police apprehended them, they reportedly found explosive materials in their car.
The feds have now brought seven charges each against the pair.
Those charges include “the 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.”
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Richard Donoghue said: “Such criminal acts should never be confused with legitimate protest. Those who carry out attacks on NYPD Officers or vehicles are not protesters, they are criminals, and they will be treated as such.”
Samantha Shader, the third member of the group, is accused of targeting an NYPD vehicle occupied by four police officers with a Molotov cocktail.
Thankfully, her firebomb did not explode on the vehicle and all four officers made it out of their vehicle without any damage.
The same seven charges have also been levied against her.
All three are now reportedly eligible for life sentences if the government chooses to charge them to the fullest extent of the law.
The Blaze reports:
“Such criminal acts should never be confused with legitimate protest. Those who carry out attacks on NYPD Officers or vehicles are not protesters, they are criminals, and they will be treated as such,” U.S. Attorney for the EDNY Richard Donoghue said in a press release.
“A little more than a week after their arrests, Shader, Mattis, and Rahman have been charged with seven-count indictments in response to their potentially deadly attacks,” FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Sweeney said. “Their criminal behavior risked lives, destroyed equipment that exists to serve the community, siphoned response resources, and created a threat to those who had every right to safely assemble and express their opinion.”
US prosecutors on Friday filed multiple charges against three protesters accused of throwing Molotov cocktails at police cars during anti-racism demonstrations in New York — charges that could lead to life sentences. https://t.co/WO0yhbgvd7
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Earlier this month, police arrested three people whom they say are members of Antifa for looting a Target in Austin, Texas.
The Travis County District Attorney’s Office said the three people — identified as Lisa Hogan, Samuel Miller, and Skye Elder — were among a group of about 20 people who broke into the building, damaged property, and stole around $20,000 worth of goods.
President Trump announced last month that the U.S. government will designate the far-left group Antifa as a terrorist organization.