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An attempted murder suspect, originally released from prison on a BLM-backed bail fund after allegedly targeting a Democratic candidate for mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, was taken into federal custody on Thursday.
Quintez Brown, a 22-year-old civil rights activist and former intern and newspaper columnist, is accused of entering mayoral candidate Craig Greenberg’s campaign headquarters in Louisville on Valentine’s Day and having opened fire in an assassination attempt on the candidate. No one was hurt, but bullets grazed Greenberg’s sweater. Police arrested Brown 10 minutes later, after finding a 9mm magazine in his trouser pocket.
LOUISVILLE ACTIVIST ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER OF MAYORAL CANDIDATE PUSHED SOCIALISM AND GUN CONTROL
But Black Lives Matter (BLM) Louisville posted $100,000 to cover his bail, and Brown was released two days after the shooting to home confinement with an ankle monitor. In April, a Jefferson County grand jury charged Brown with attempted murder and four counts of wanton endangerment because several Greenberg personnel were nearby at the time of the shooting.
Brown’s attorney, Rob Eggert, revealed Thursday that Brown was arrested by federal agents on Wednesday on a warrant that remains sealed. Brown was incarcerated at the Grayson County Detention Center as a federal prisoner, according to the Reservations newspaper.
It’s unclear what the new federal charges might be, but the Louisville Courier Journal, where Brown previously worked as an intern and columnist, reported that a federal grand jury weighed possible charges of using force to interfere with a candidate campaigning for elected office, as well as possible hate crimes. Greenberg is Jewish and Brown is black.
Brown attended a recruiting event days before the shooting at Greenberg’s campaign headquarters for the Louisville chapter of the Lion of Judah, but the organization’s Minneapolis-based national president previously told Fox News Digital which Brown had never joined and was not a member.
Lion of Judah National President Nasiy Nasir X in a telephone interview with Fox News Digital in February also denied that the organization is in any way affiliated with the Black Hebrew Israelite (BHI) movement, that the anti-defamation leagues define as “a fringe religious movement that rejects widely accepted definitions of Judaism and affirms that people of color are the true children of Israel.”
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Brown previously appeared in a 2018 television segment with MSNBC host Joy Reid covering a protest in Washington, DC, for gun control. He has also advocated for socialism in earlier writings and, as an MLK Fellow at the University of Louisville, was selected to travel to California to meet with former President Barack Obama.