A white Black Lives Matter supporter has said it’s a black person’s fault she threw a Molotov cocktail at New York police officers on May 30.
Samantha Shader was captured on video hurling the flaming weapon at an NYPD van with four police officers inside. The 27-year-old managed to shatter two windows and cause internal damage to the vehicle.
According to court papers, however, Shader blamed that decision on a black man who gave her the weapon.
Shader said she “was approached on the street and given ‘the bottle’ by a black male, who was in a group with one other black male and a black woman.’”
She said as the only white person in the area, she felt important receiving the weapon from a black person.
“The man who handed her the bottle told her that they were going to prove a point,” and that “she felt important at the time she took the bottle because she was the only white person in the area.”
Investigators, however, said that Shader got the bottle for the Molotov cocktail from a friend in upstate New York.
CNN reports: “Prosecutors say [her co-defendant, Timonty Amerman] voluntarily spoke to investigators and admitted he agreed to give Shader and her sister glass bottles to take to the protest in New York City, but did not attend the protest himself.
“Amerman told authorities he drinks Bulleit bourbon, and a witness who recorded Shader throwing the Molotov cocktail gave authorities a Bulleit bottle that was recovered from the scene, according to court findings.”
Amerman went on to tell authorities that he believed Shader planned to use the bottles he provided “as projectiles to throw at police and counter protestors.” Amerman was arrested and charged with civil disorder and civil disorder conspiracy. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.
Shader was indicted June 11 on seven counts: use of explosives, arson, using an explosive to commit a felony, arson conspiracy, use of destructive device, civil disorder, and possessing and making a destructive device.
Shader faces up to life in prison if convicted, according to the US Attorney’s office.