Nonprofit bails out BLM activist charged with attempted murder of mayoral candidate
"I am concerned about my team and my family's safety, and my safety," the mayoral candidate said.
Black Lives Matter activist and political candidate Quintez Brown has been bonded out of jail by a nonprofit after Louisville police charged him in the attempted murder of Jewish mayoral candidate Craig Greenberg on Monday.
Brown, 21, was released Wednesday evening after the nonprofit Louisville Community Bail Fund provided $100,000 in bond money, the local Courier Journal reported.
A political activist, Brown worked as a Courier Journal intern and opinion writer and is running for Metro Council. He pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder and four counts of wanton endangerment, the outlet reported.
He was arrested ten minutes after the shooting, and authorities state he was found with a handgun with additional magazines.
Brown's attorney told the Courier that his client is "severely mentally ill and needs treatment, not prison."
Black Lives Matter Louisville organizer Chanelle Helm confirmed that Brown was part of the group and that the Louisville Community Bail Fund got him out of jail.
Louisville, Ky., was the center of Black Lives Matter protests following release of evidence in the police-related death of resident Breonna Taylor in 2020.
Greenberg told local radio station WHAS he is concerned about safety with Brown out.
"I believe that if he's released on bail, he will be subjected to the home incarceration program, is my understanding is what would happen," Greenberg said. "But I am concerned about my team and my family's safety, and my safety, and we'll be taking precautions for the duration of this campaign to ensure that everyone associated with us is safe."
Journalist Andy Ngo reported that Brown was recognized by the Obama foundation and got to meet former President Barack Obama. Brown was also able to meet Joy Ann Reid and Al Sharpton through his political activism, Ngo stated.
Brown, who goes by the Twitter username @tez4liberation, has made numerous radical political posts.
For example, in January he tweeted: "'the white capitalist cannibal has always fed on the world's black peoples. white capitalist imperialist society is profoundly and unmistakably racist.' -Walter Rodney, the groundings with my brothers"