New York, NY – At least 303 New York Police Department (NYPD) vehicles have been damaged in the violent rioting that began after 46-year-old George Floyd died in the custody of the Minneapolis police on May 25, and the tab to repair them has reached $1 million.
On Monday, NYPD said that of the 303 damaged vehicles, 14 had been completely destroyed by fire and seven were still being repaired, FOX News reported.
But on Tuesday night, police responded to a call about yet another police vehicle ablaze at about 3:52 a.m. at 8th and Columbus Avenues in Manhattan, the Upper West Side Patch reported.
An NYPD spokesperson said the police car was parked and unoccupied when officers arrived on July 29.
Officers used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire that was burning both inside and outside the Ford Fusion police vehicle, according to the Upper West Side Patch.
Police told WABC that the driver’s side window had been smashed and an accelerant used to start the blaze.
On Saturday night, a video captured a violent scene when one rioter used his protest sign to smash the window of a police van parked on the street as another man vandalized the police van parked next to it with spray paint, FOX News reported.
NYPD said that in all, three police vehicles were damaged during the violent protests on July 25.
The vandalism of police cars in the city became common in May when the George Floyd protests became violent and rioters started attacking NYPD officers.
Numerous NYPD vehicles that came under siege were occupied at the time.
Cell phone footage allegedly showed Samantha Shader as she hurled a Molotov cocktail at the parked patrol vehicle near Washington Avenue and Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn on May 30, The New York Times reported.
“Get out of my mother–king way!” she screamed in the video.
Although she lit the tissue paper fuse, it burned out before it ignited the explosives inside the container, according to the New York Daily News.
The officers managed to scramble out of the vehicle as the bottle hit and shattered two of the van windows.
As they went to take Shader into custody, she allegedly bit one of the officers on the leg, the Daily Mail reported.
Her 21-year-old sister was arrested for interfering with police as they tried to arrest Shader, according to The New York Times.
Also in Brooklyn the same night, two New York lawyers – 31-year-old human rights attorney Urooj Rahman and 32-year-old Princeton-educated Pryor Cashman LLP associate Colinford King Mattis, were arrested for tossing a Molotov cocktail into an NYPD patrol car.
A former intelligence official who worked for the Obama administration posted bail for Rahman, calling the woman her “best friend.”
The attack, which occurred outside the NYPD’s 88th Precinct station house just before 1 a.m., was captured by security cameras, the New York Daily News reported.
The video showed Mattis as he drove up near the police station in a tan-colored 2015 Chrysler Town and Country, according to The New York Times.
They're not white.
Urooj Rahman, 31, and Colinford Mattis, 32, a corporate lawyer and member of Community Board 5 in East New York, Both Rahman and Mattis face federal charges. pic.twitter.com/Ke0Xa8ipGN
— Agenda Steve (@AgendaSteve) June 1, 2020
Then the video showed Rahman jumped out of the passenger side of the van and made her way over to the parked patrol vehicle, then lit the fuse hanging out of a Bud Light beer bottle and tossed it into the cruiser through a window that had been busted out before their arrival.
The console of the patrol car ignited as the duo sped off in the minivan.
Officers witnessed the incident and immediately chased after the fleeing suspects.
They were pulled over and arrested several blocks away from the station, The New York Times reported.
Investigators found gasoline, toilet paper and a lighter in plain view inside the van.