A local chapter of Black Lives Matter has reportedly paid the bail for an activist who’s been charged with the attempted murder of a mayoral candidate.
According to this, the Louisville, Kentucky BLM group forked over $100,000 to bail out 21-year-old Quintez Brown, who’s been accused of opening fire with a handgun inside Democratic mayoral candidate Craig Greenberg’s Butchertown office on Monday and grazing the politician’s jacket in the process. Thankfully, no one was injured, and Brown, who supporters claim has “mental health issues,” was later arrested and charged with attempted murder and four counts of wanton endangerment.
Ironically, Brown, himself a candidate for local office and who worked with both Black Lives Matter Louisville and the University of Louisville's Youth Violence Prevention Research Center, had advocated for gun control less than three years ago. One piece he wrote one piece for the Courier-Journal published July 2, 2019, claimed that "Kentucky’s concealed carry law shows your life doesn’t matter to gun-loving Republicans." The law, he argued, “put a price tag on your life and decided that the blood money they receive from the NRA is more valuable.”
He has also spoken out in support of banning so-called “assault rifles," and expressed support for both communism and socialism.
Brown walked out of Louisville Metro Corrections around 8 p.m. Wednesday with an ankle monitor.
Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell said that while Brown’s release might meet the criteria demanded by state law, a dangerous criminal’s release shouldn’t depend on how much money they can secure, but rather the danger they pose to the public.
"Unlike the federal system, bond must be set under Kentucky law. We successfully argued for and received a higher bond commensurate with the seriousness of the offense. We successfully argued that if posted, the defendant should be on home incarceration. However, the criteria of release should not be the ability to access a certain amount of money," O'Connell said. "It should be the threat to the community and whether there is a history of non appearance in court. I’ve said previously that people should not be in jail just because they can’t afford bond or be released just because they can.”
“We should have a system like the federal government where my office can provide evidence and a judge can decide,” he went on. “Kentucky current system does not allow that. Our office has kept the victim involved throughout this process.”
Black Lives Matter, on the other hand, says they bailed Brown out of jail because of the “overall system,” saying they want him to get the “resources” and “support” that he needs after allegedly attempting to murder an innocent person.
"This would alter anybody else's mind. This has nothing to do with just him, this has to do with the overall system in place," Chanelle Helm, an organizer with Black Lives Matter Louisville, said. "What I am concerned about, specifically, for Quintez is that he absolutely has the resources that he needs and has a bulk of support waiting on him to gather these resources and people standing by in the wing to take him."