White Woman Threw Molotov Cocktail At NYPD Car During Protest Then Placed Some Of The Blame On A Black Person
Samantha Shader has a criminal record which spans 11 states.
July 07, 2020 at 4:29 pm
In an unsettling moment of irony, a white woman from New York who threw a Molotov cocktail at a police vehicle during a protest for the late George Floyd claimed a group of Black people forced her to do so. An investigation into the incident has revealed that the claim was likely fabricated.According to the New York Post, 27-year-old Samantha Shader admitted to throwing the firebomb during a demonstration on May 30. After she was arrested, she told police a Black person gave her the device.
“Shader stated that the man who handed her the bottle told her that they were going to prove a point, and [Shader] stated she felt important at the time she took the bottle because she was the only white person in the area,” court documents said.
She described the group of Black people who allegedly approached her as one “thicker guy” with a headful of multicolored locs, a smaller male with a hat and a thin woman with “puffy” hair tied back into a ponytail.
Nonetheless, in court documents released Saturday, a police investigation found that Shader drove to Brooklyn that night with her sister in a car which contained empty glass bottles, including the alcohol bottle she is accused of throwing.
Prosecutors said a video recording shows Shader walking up to a police squad car and throwing the firebomb into the vehicle. The device caused damage but failed to ignite, according to CNN.
Shader, who the Post reports has a criminal record spanning 11 states, admitted to throwing the device but has denied constructing the bomb herself. The investigation into the case, however, uncovered a note from a friend of Shader who is white, the Daily Beast reported. The note strongly indicates he provided her with empty bottles.
“I found a few more glass bottles Than I thought I had, Though still not many,” Shader's friend Timothy Amerman wrote. “Wish I had more, BE SAFE Please. Really Good Luck, – Love Tim.”
Amerman, a 29-year-old painter from New York, admitted to writing the note, and police said his fingerprints match those on the note, per the Post. He told authorities that he gave bottles to Shader and her sister but opted out of attending the protest himself. Amerman said he is a fan of Bulleit bourbon, which was the brand on the bottle that Shader is accused of throwing.
When asked what he thought the bottles might be used for, Amerman told police he thought Shader “planned to use them as projectiles to throw at police and counter-protesters” and not as bombs that could seriously hurt people.
Amerman was arrested Saturday on charges of civil disorder conspiracy. He has since been released on bond to home confinement but faces up to 10 years of incarceration if found guilty.
Shader faces life in prison if she is convicted. Her trial is scheduled for July 17.