When 27-year old Samantha Shader was first arrested for allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail at police, she told detectives that the supplies–such as glass bottles–were given to her by a group of Black women and men, according to federal court records.
But weeks later, on Friday, police arrested a white guy who admitted to providing the substances, 29-year-old Timothy Amerman. According to court records along with a Facebook page that seems to belong to Amerman, he functions as a painter at Saugerties, New York. Amerman faces around 10 years in jail if convicted of civil disorder or civil disease conspiracy, for which he was charged in a federal complaint that week.
Shader allegedly threw the volatile at a police vehicle using four New York Police Department officers indoors at 11 p.m. on May 29 throughout the nationwide unrest after the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, prosecutors have said. The officers — who were reportedly uninjured — managed to leap out of their van and chase down Shader although the automobile was damaged.
Prosecutors have promised that Shader bit one of the officers’ legs if she had been taken into custody. She was detained early the next morning in Brooklyn, and waived her Miranda rights, telling law enforcement officers that she had been”approached the road and awarded’the bottle’ with a Black male, who was in a group with one other Black man and a Black lady,” federal prosecutors allege from the national complaint against Amerman.
Shader”described the guy who handed the bottle to her as a’thicker man’ with hair ‘skinny dreads’ which were different colors,” and the next person”as smaller compared to the initial and wore a hat that hid his own hair,” the complaint asserts, noting that Shader alleged that the woman needed”poofy” hair.
“Shader said that she felt [it was] significant at the time she took the bottle since she had been the only white man in the area,” the complaint claimed.
Prosecutors stated that Shader, that was allegedly captured on camera throwing the jar toward law enforcement vehicle, was arrested 11 times in 11 states. She was reportedly convicted in three of those episodes. Shader lawyer, Amanda David, has declined to comment on the charges, and she didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
But when officers searched the car Shader along with her sister drove to New York City from her home in Catskill, police said they discovered a note with Amerman’s fingerprints which read:”I discovered a couple more glass bottles Than I thought I’d, Though still not many. I am giving my mask to you in hopes This helps. Wish I had more. There is also a bag in here for you. BE SAFE Please. Really Good Luck, – Love Tim.”
Shader was previously indicted on seven charges associated with the episode, and her case is pending. Her sister, Darian, was charged with resisting arrest for allegedly jumping on the back of an officer who tried to arrest Shader.
During the protests after Floyd’s death, the NYPD was heavily criticized for its often violent response, in one case shoving that a Brooklyn woman to the ground, inducing her to become hospitalized. The next day, videos revealed police cruisers driving into a crowd of protesters. The Daily Beast reported a hospital employee simply walking home from his occupation has been beaten by police that same weekend.
In an interview with authorities, Amerman admitted that he gave Shader”projectiles to throw police and counter-protesters,” but determined joining her to”cause some hell,” according to the complaint filed in his arrest.
Amerman was set to appear in federal court in Albany on Saturday afternoon, followed by a bond hearing. He was in custody on Saturday and did not have a defense attorney recorded on court records\.