A Hudson Valley woman has been convicted of attempting to injure several New York City police officers.
In federal court in Brooklyn, Samantha Shader of Ulster County was sentenced to 72 months in prison for attempting to set fire to an NYPD van.
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The Saugerties, New York woman was convicted of attempting to use a Molotov cocktail to set fire to an NYPD van occupied by four Brooklyn police officers on the night of May 29, 2020. The incident occurred during a protest related to the May 2020 killing of George Floyd.
Shader pleaded guilty to the charges in April 2022.
“Shader learned the consequences of choosing to engage in violent criminal activity. Malicious actors who seek to wreak havoc on our community – and those who dutifully serve to protect them – will be held accountable for their behavior by the FBI and our law enforcement partners,” said FBI Assistant Director Driscoll.
Woman from Saugerties, New York tried to set NYPD van on fire
The woman was seen on video setting fire to the van filled with NYPD officers assigned to crowd control.
On May 29, 2020, Saugerties’ Shader “traveled down town to wreak havoc,” officials say. A witness recorded video on his phone of Shader lighting the wick of a Molotov cocktail and throwing it at a marked NYPD van.
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According to a press release, as she threw the Molotov cocktail, she shouted at the demonstrators: “GET OUT OF THE MOTHERF—ING WAY!”.
“The constitutionally protected right to peaceful protest is a core democratic value. Throughout this nation’s history, protests have resulted in significant positive change. But throwing a potentially lethal device at an NYPD van manned by four officers during a protest was an unacceptable and dangerous act that put officers and others present at risk,” US Attorney Breon Peace said.
Officers exited the van and arrested Shader. Shader is accused of trying to resist arrest and biting an officer in the leg.
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The FBI later identified Saugerties’ Timothy Amerman as the person who gave glass bottles to Shader.
Amerman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit civil disorder on March 26, 2021 and is awaiting conviction. He faces a maximum prison sentence of 60 months.
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