Celebrated BLM activist arrested for attempted murder of Louisville mayoral candidate

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(Video Credit: WLKY News Louisville)

A Black Lives Matter activist and black nationalist named Quintez Brown, who was championed by both former President Barack Obama and MSNBC leftist anchor Joy Reid, allegedly attempted to assassinate Craig Greenberg, who is a Democratic mayoral candidate in Louisville, Kentucky on Monday.

Greenberg was holding a brief meeting with four members of his campaign team on Monday morning when Brown allegedly appeared in the doorway to his office, aimed a gun at him, and opened fire. No one was injured “despite one bullet coming so close that it grazed my sweater and my shirt,” the candidate recounted.

One of his staffers was quick to slam the door shut and then they used tables and desks to barricade themselves in the office until the shooter fled the scene.

“We asked if we could help him. And he pulled out a gun, aimed it directly at me, and opened fire,” Greenberg told CNN’s John Berman on “New Day.”

“I was fortunate that one of my brave teammates slammed the door shut. They were able to throw some desks on top of the door and the suspect fled. So, we are very blessed to be here today. All of us on the team are,” he emotionally stated, saying he was just glad to go home and hug his two boys.

(Video Credit: WLKY News Louisville)

Brown, 21, was arrested later by police and taken into custody. He is being charged with attempted murder and four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, according to a police report.

Police identified Brown as the suspect at a news conference on Monday. Louisville Police Chief Erika Shields said investigators believe that Greenberg was deliberately targeted and that the gunman was acting alone. No motive has been definitively determined yet. The police believe it is possible that the shooting was politically or religiously motivated, or that the shooter might have been suffering from “mental issues,” according to The Washington Post.

Following 911 calls, police responded to Greenberg’s campaign office at approximately 10:15 a.m. on Monday morning. Brown was located less than a half-mile away about 10 minutes later.

Brown had a bag on him with a 9mm Glock in it according to the police report. He also had a loaded 9mm clip in his pants pocket and others in his bag. Surveillance video from Greenberg’s office shows the suspect wearing clothing that matched Brown’s.

Brown pleaded not guilty on Tuesday via his attorney during a hearing that was videoed and published by Louisville TV station WLKY. His attorney Rob Eggert argued against a $100,000 bail requested by a Jefferson County prosecutor claiming that Brown’s only record was for a speeding ticket.

“So while he’s an outstanding young man, I believe there’s serious mental issues at play here, and I’m going to have him evaluated immediately,” Eggert asserted, referring to Brown going missing for 11 days last summer and subsequently being found on a bench.

The judge didn’t see it that way. Judge Annette Karem set bail at $100,000 and barred Brown from having any firearms and prohibited him from contacting Greenberg or his campaign staff once he posts bail.

Brown appeared in court via videoconference from the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections facility where he is being held. His next hearing is now scheduled for Feb. 23.

The young leftist hero is a student at the University of Louisville and majors in political science. Brown also wrote for the Courier-Journal as an intern and was reportedly heavily involved in Black Lives Matter racial justice protests in 2020. He was vocal in his extreme opposition to the GOP and has railed against local politicians for putting NRA ‘blood money’ above the lives of Kentuckians.

Last year, Brown announced he was running for the Louisville Metro Council as an Independent.

Greenberg declined to comment on the shooter’s motivations for trying to kill him and said what happened Monday gave him “new resolve” to work to end gun violence.

“It all happened so quick, but it’s a very surreal experience,” he noted. “I know there are far too many other people in Louisville who have experienced that same feeling. I’m fortunate that was the first time that’s happened to me; I certainly hope it’s the last.”

Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear said in a tweet, “I was appalled to learn about the attempt on Craig Greenberg’s life. I have spoken with Craig and I am grateful that he is physically unharmed. Violence is never the answer. Britainy and I are holding him close in prayer.”


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