“Unfortunately, like others who suffer from a broken system, my team and my family have again been traumatized by this news,” he added.
Quintez Brown, 21, was released Wednesday with help from the Louisville Community Bail Fund, a group co-founded by Black Lives Matter Louisville organizer Chanelle Helm, who posted the $100,000 bond.
Brown faces a charge of attempted murder and four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. Brown pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on Tuesday.
The BLM Louisville Twitter account posted several tweets explaining his reasons for coming to Brown’s aid, including his support for prison abolition. The organization maintains that Brown is not a flight risk and in need of mental health services.
“We believe whether you are violent or not, that jail or jail limits cannot meet your needs if viable resources are there for you. and they are”, the account tweeted.
Greenberg was meeting with four members of his campaign team on Monday morning when a man standing in the doorway to the office pointed a gun at the Democrat before opening fire. A member of staff slammed the door before the team barricaded themselves in the office using tables and desks before the shooter got away.
No one was hurt, but Greenberg told a news conference after the shooting that a bullet came so close it grazed his sweater and shirt.
The candidate said he trusted the Louisville police to conduct the investigation properly and that the individual who tried to shoot him would be prosecuted appropriately.
“No matter what drives someone to commit a violent crime, there must be consequences,” Greenberg said. “Gun violence is unacceptable under any circumstances for any reason and anywhere.”
“Too many families in our city live in fear due to the constant threat of gun violence,” he added.
In remarks to the Senate Thursday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) attacked Black Lives Matter for helping bail out Brown.
“Less than 48 hours after this activist attempted to literally assassinate a politician, the radical left released his comrade from prison on bail,” McConnell said. “It’s just breathtaking. The innocent people of Louisville deserve better.
McConnell also focused on companies that began pledging to support the Black Lives Matter movement after the killing of George Floyd, a black man who died in May 2020 after being restrained by a Minneapolis police office.
“Since 2020, a long list of leading companies have donated or pledged huge sums of money to the national radical parent organization BLM,” the lawmaker said. “One wonders if their company money helped get this would-be killer out of jail.”
According to the Courier Journal, Brown had interned for the newspaper, appeared on MSNBC and met high-profile liberal figures including former President Barack Obama and the Reverend Al Sharpton in recent years.
Brown made national headlines in 2021 after being missing for two weeks. He was later found on a park bench in New York. Earlier this year, the University of Louisville alum announced his candidacy for the Louisville Metro Council.
According to the Daily Beast, Brown had started meeting with a black nationalist organization with a long history of anti-Semitic views before Monday’s incident. But his lawyer, Rob Eggert, disputed suggestions that Monday’s shooting was a hate crime and said his client had “serious mental issues”.
“It’s not a hate crime – it’s a mental health case,” Eggert told the Courier Journal on Tuesday.
Greenberg said Thursday that mental health issues are not a valid reason to release a murder suspect from prison.
“If someone is struggling with mental illness and is in custody, they need to be assessed and treated in custody,” he said. “We need to work together to fix this system.”