Quintez Brown, a self-proclaimed racial justice activist working for “the total liberation and unification of Africa under scientific socialism,” has been charged in shooting Louisville, Kentucky, Mayoral candidate Craig Greenberg’s office, with bullets narrowly missing Greenberg on Monday. On Tuesday, Brown pleaded not guilty to the charges.
“Quintez Brown, 21, was charged with attempted murder and four counts of wanton endangerment after Greenberg was shot at in his campaign headquarters Monday morning in Butchertown, LMPD spokeswoman Elizabeth Ruoff said late Monday,” the Courier Journal reported.
On Monday evening, Louisville police issued a press release stating that “at around 10:15 am” LMPD responded to “reports of active aggressor” in the neighborhood where Greenberg’s campaign headquarters were located, and police determined the shooter seemed to be targeting the candidate’s office.
“Multiple shots were fired within the location and from preliminary information it appears Mr. Greenberg was the intended target,” LMPD added. “Responding officers safely evacuated Greenberg, who was unharmed, but was grazed by one of the bullets causing damage to his clothing.”
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Shortly after, they arrested Brown. “There is no known at this time, and it is believed the suspect acted alone,” LMPD said on Monday.
Courier Journal also reported that Brown held prestigious academic positions and was a prominent activist, but appeared to be somewhat troubled:
Brown had been a University of Louisville student and an opinion editor for the Cardinal, the student newspaper. He was involved in the racial justice protests of 2020.
He disappeared last summer but was found safe July 1 after being missing about two weeks.
In a statement after he was found, his family said: “We are asking for privacy and would appreciate everyone’s patience and support while we tend to the most immediate need, which is Quintez’s physical, mental and spiritual needs.”
Brown was an MLK Scholar at U of L 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.
Brown is also a candidate for Louiville’s Metro Council. He has previously called for “revolutionary self-love.”
In a separate Jan. 10 post, Brown wrote what he called a “Revolutionary Love Letter” saying, “I am writing this to remind you how great you are. During our short stay on this glorious planet we all have been collectively dehumanized and reduced to political talking points — Black, white, liberal, conservative, Christian, criminal, boss, worker, activist, etc.
“We have been educated to use our minds narrowly and forced to identify ourselves with roles that trap us in a collective perpetual state of anxiety,” he said. “We have forgotten how harmonious this thing called life is and have fallen victim to a vicious circle of pain and suffering. Many of our friends are suffering from a deep feeling of alienation.”
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