The case involved federal charges of throwing makeshift explosives at an empty police car during a protest against police brutality.
Peaceful protests triggered by Mr Floyd’s death turned violent, with thousands being detained for violating local curfews and dozens charged with property damage, theft or assault.
According to federal prosecutors, Ms Rahman, 32, threw a glass bottle filled with a chemical into an empty police vehicle in late May 2020. As the mixture lit up the car’s console, Ms Rahman reportedly fled the scene in a tan minivan. Mr Mattis, whom prosecutors called a “getaway driver”. Court documents state that the incident was recorded on local surveillance cameras. No one got injured.
At the time, then-Attorney General William Barr urged the country’s federal prosecutors to be aggressive when charging violent protesters with crimes, Businesshala previously reported.
With local law-enforcement offices handling these indictments federally, individuals also face longer sentences.
Ms Rahman and Mr Mattis were charged with destroying a federally funded police vehicle. The indictment included offenses that required a minimum of decades in prison, including cases of use of explosives, arson and civil disobedience.
In the case of Mr. Mattis and Ms. Rahman, negotiations on the petition had stalled. But in late September, prosecutors advised the court that both lawyers wanted to plead their guilt.
Some federal prosecutors have changed their approach under both the Trump and Biden administrations.
Portland, Ore. In the U.S., the U.S. Attorney’s office has moved to dismiss nearly half of the cases he filed in connection with the violence that coincided with the protests in 2020. Of the 96 cases in which protesters were charged with federal crimes, prosecutors had dropped 47 by April. . Ten men pleaded guilty, receiving sentences that largely involved community service.