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BLM helps pay $100,000 bail to release attempted murder suspect

Black Lives Matter and other groups protest. (Miguel Juarez Lugo/Zuma Press/TNS)
February 17, 2022

Through its Louisville Community Bail Fund project, Black Lives Matter (BLM) Louisville posted bail for Quintez Brown, the BLM anti-gun activist who allegedly shot at mayoral candidate Craig Greenberg this week.

A $100,000 cashier’s check was given to the clerk’s office on Wednesday to pay for the release of Brown, who is charged with attempted murder and four counts of wanton endangerment in the shooting of Greenberg on Monday, WHAS11 reported.

“The $100,000 cashiers check has been officially given to the clerks office to pay for @BLMLouisville activist Quintez Brown’s release. @LouCommBailFund is paying. Brown is accused of shooting at Louisville mayoral candidate @RunWithCraig,” WHAS11 reporter Rachel Droze tweeted.

On Monday, the 21-year-old suspect entered Greenberg’s campaign headquarters in Butchertown, Kentucky, with a 9mm Glock handgun and opened fire. Nobody was injured, but a bullet grazed Greenberg’s shirt.

“My team and I are fortunately all safe. We are all with LMPD now. I will provide an update as soon as possible. Thank you for the outpouring of support,” Greenberg tweeted following the shooting.

In prepared remarks addressing the attack, Greenberg said he and his team are “blessed” because “no one was physically injured” in the shooting.

“This morning, I was gathered for a brief meeting with four of my incredible team members in our campaign office. A man walked into our office. When we greeted him, he pulled out a gun, aimed directly at me and began shooting,” he said.

Greenberg said one of his team members “managed to bravely get the door closed,” which the group then barricaded until the shooter fled the scene.

“Let me say again that all of us are blessed to be with you. Despite one bullet coming so close that it grazed my sweater, no one was physically harmed, and we are extraordinarily grateful for our safety,” he continued. “We are shaken, but safe.”

In the wake of the shooting, video of Brown appearing on MSNBC in 2018 for an interview with Joy Reid circulated on Twitter. In the interview, Brown calls for “common sense gun reform.”

“I want [Sen. Mitch McConnell] to know that, you know, we are here and we want common sense gun reform. If you’re not going to give us that, then we’re going to get everyone out here to vote, and we’re going to vote you out of office. So if you want to keep your job, then give us what we – not what we want – but what we need. What humans need. We need common sense gun reform.”

Brown, who used a handgun in the attempted murder of Greenberg, also called on Sen. McConnell to “get rid of assault rifles.”