Fund Created By BLM Louisville Posts Bail For Man Accused Of Shooting At Mayoral Candidate
Quintez Brown attends the 7th Annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards at Downtown Marriott on September 12, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky.
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On Wednesday, a bail fund created by Black Lives Matter Louisville paid off the $100,000 bail set for, Quintez Brown, 21, who is accused of firing multiple shots inside a Democratic mayoral candidate’s campaign office, injuring nobody but tearing candidate Craig Greenberg’s clothing with the bullets of his gun. A local reporter recorded an activist affiliated with the fund paying the bail Wednesday afternoon.

On Wednesday, Rachel Droze, of local news station WHAS 11, tweeted, “just spoke with @BLMLouisville. They are heading to the bank to get a cashiers check to post Quintez Brown’s bail. Brown is charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting at mayoral candidate @RunWithCraig.”

That story was confirmed by WHAS 11’s Courtney Hayden, who reported, “Chanelle Helm, an organizer for Black Lives Matter Louisville, said Wednesday that the Louisville Community Bail Fund will pay the $100,000 bond set for Quintez Brown. Leaders with BLM Louisville went to the bank for a cashier’s check around 3:30 p.m. to post his bail.”

As noted by Hayden, “Brown is facing one charge of attempted murder and four counts of wanton endangerment. During his arraignment Tuesday, he pleaded not guilty and his bond was raised from $75,000 to $100,000.”

BLM Louisville did not respond via Twitter to Droze’s tweet, but liked a response from a Twitter user who said, “Why does dude have a bail anyways?”

Later, Droze tweeted, “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.”

The activist at the clerk’s office can be seen wearing a “Free Angela” retro shirt, referring to Dr. Angela Davis, an avowed communist and celebrated college professor who was at one point wanted by the FBI for her alleged involvement in a kidnapping plot that left four individuals dead in 1970. Davis was ultimately acquitted.

On Tuesday, The Daily Wire reported that Brown is a self-proclaimed racial justice activist who has worked for “the total liberation and unification of Africa under scientific socialism.” According to reports, he met with a black nationalist group just last week and has a history of promoting violent radicals such as Kwame Ture and Assata Shakur on Instagram and Twitter.

The man was an MLK Scholar at the University of Louisville and “is the founder of From Fields to Arena, a group committed to providing political education and violence prevention training to youths engaged in hip-hop and athletics.”

As flagged by The Daily Beast, last week Brown met with a representative from “Lion of Judah,” a black nationalist militia group, and appeared to encourage his followers on Instagram to join the group, which believes that black people are the “chosen people” of God, not the Jews. The group has ties with the anti-semitic Black Hebrew Israelites:

Brown’s more recent social media posts, particularly the accounts associated with his campaign for a seat in the Louisville Metro Council, show an increasing interest in Black nationalist and pan-Africanist leaders. He frequently posted photos and quotes of the Black Panthers, Stokely Carmichael, George Jackson, and late Ghanaian President Kwame Nkrumah.

He even appeared to urge followers last week to join the Lion of Judah Armed Forces, a gun-toting group whose leadership has voiced ideas similar to those of the Black Hebrew Israelite movement. The latter anti-Semitic ideology holds that Black Americans, not Jewish people, are the true descendants of the Biblical Hebrews. Adherents of the BHI movement were charged with murdering four Jewish people at a kosher supermarket in Jersey City in 2019.

A local spokesman for the Lion of Judah Armed Forces told The Daily Beast he first met with Brown last Thursday, though he said the accused never became a member of the group. He affirmed the organization’s Black Hebrew Israelite beliefs, but maintained they did not endorse the attack or have any foreknowledge of Brown’s plans.

“We are terribly heartbroken over what appears to have been a humongous lapse in judgment,” the spokesperson said. “The Lion of Judah Armed Forces in no way advocates anything of this nature.”

Those close to Brown say he has a history of mental illness. Recently, he has also stated that, “Louisville’s ‘criminal justice system’ is the only infrastructure that is constantly funded and reinforced by the bipartisan white power structure. The intrinsic violence of the jails and the police upholds our racial and economic disparities and our leaders are COMPLICIT.”

In January 2022 Greenberg, the mayoral candidate allegedly shot at by Brown, had recently pledged to crack down on rising violence, in part, by hiring more police officers.

“There is a huge shortage. Right now, we’re approximately 300 officers short of a full staff,” Greenberg said at the time. “And so we need to focus on recruiting and retaining officers, a diverse core of officers that reflects the community that we serve.”

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