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Pair Plead Guilty To Pouring Fluid on NYPD Van As Carberry Cites Black Lives in SDNY

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Sept 22 – Elaine Carberry and Corey Smith were charged with lighting on fire an NYPD Homeless Outreach Unit van on University Place and 13th Street on July 15-16, 2020 with a bottle of Patron tequila.

They were released on $100,000 bond; Smith traveled to Washington DC from August 27 to 30, 2020.

 On October 21, 2020 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Lewis J. Liman held a proceeding "by Zoom Video Conference." Inner City Press covered it.

   Federal Defenders suggested reconvening in 60 days, to review this Patron tequila discovery.

Now on September 22 Inner City Press covered the guilty pleas. Carberry in her allocuation said on July 15, 2020 amid transnational outrage at attacks on Black life, she had tried to light an NYPD vehicle on fire with "hair spray or hand sanitizer, I'm sorry I don't remember which."

 This was not included in the DOJ's press release: "Audrey Strauss, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that COREY SMITH and ELAINE CARBERRY pled guilty to conspiring to burn a marked New York City Police Department (“NYPD”) Homeless Outreach Unit van in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York, New York, in July 2020.  SMITH and CARBERRY pled guilty today before U.S. District Judge Lewis J. Liman, to whom the case is assigned.      U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss stated: “As they admitted in court today, Corey Smith and Elaine Carberry committed arson, deliberately setting fire to an NYPD van, then minutes later returning to the vehicle and – once again using an accelerant – ensuring its complete destruction.  Now Smith and Carberry await sentencing for their willful and wanton destruction of a law enforcement vehicle that had been used for outreach to homeless New Yorkers.” Then again, the allocution...

The case is US v. Smith et al., 20-cr-544 (Liman)


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