LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A federal grand jury is investigating the shooting of Louisville Democratic candidate Craig Greenberg by Quintez Brown activistsays the Louisville Urban League.
And that could be “disastrous” for Brown’s treatment, according to the group.
The Courier Journal has learned that federal prosecutors are asking the grand jury to consider whether Brown, 21, violated a federal law that prohibits anyone by ‘force or threat of force’ from interfering with a candidate campaigning for office. elective.
The grand jury may also be asked to determine whether Brown committed a hate crime. Greenberg is white and Jewish.
The maximum penalty for each is 10 years in prison.
In its statement released by director of engagement Lyndon Pryor, the Urban League says a decision to press charges against Brown “could be disastrous, as a federal indictment would mean detention without bond and the end of mental health treatment.” .
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“It doesn’t seem fair or just,” the statement continued. “There are many cases in which the federal government is waiting for the local process to take place before intervening. This case should be no different. Mr. Brown needs to be able to continue the treatment he needs.”
Brown is charged in state court with attempted murder of Greenberg and wanton endangerment of four of his campaign aides after police said he opened fire on them in Greenberg’s campaign office on February 14.
Although several shots were fired, no one was injured. But a bullet went through Greenberg’s clothing, police said.
His attorney, Rob Eggert, said he was mentally ill and the shooting was not a hate crime. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the federal investigation.
Greenberg’s campaign also said it had no comment.
Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Bennett declined to comment on Tuesday when the Courier Journal learned of the grand jury investigation or Wednesday morning after the Urban League released its statement.
FBI spokesman Tim Beam also did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the statement.
By law, grand jury investigations are secret.
The Urban League said it was “devastated to learn of the shooting” and reached out to the campaign and “sent our support, along with our thoughts and prayers. As victims of this horrific incident, they are entitled to our support and some measure of peace and healing.”
The statement also said that “although we have nothing to do with his release”, it is our understanding that Brown is now hospitalized and receiving “much needed mental health treatment”.
“We know the legal process must take its course,” the statement continued, “but we hope and pray that the system will be fair to a young man who appears to have had some sort of mental health crisis that began as early as June 2021. .
“Please know that it is not now, nor has it ever been, our desire to dismiss the anguish of Mr. Greenberg, his family or his colleagues; we simply want to ensure that mental health assessments and a proper treatment are given to the young man. to bind us all together in this tragedy.”
The Urban League also notes that the U.S. Attorney’s Office did not intervene in the March 2020 fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor by a Louisville Metro Police officer who shot her after being hit by a bullet fired by her boyfriend, who believed someone was trying to break into her apartment.
The FBI has a investigation continues into Taylor shooting.
“Unfortunately, we know the system is rarely fair,” the Urban League statement read. “For people of color, for those struggling with mental illness, and for those with few means or connections, the justice system can be a cruel, relentless, and thoughtless hammer that views everyone before it as a nail. At the same time, it is a system that applies a completely different standard to the wealthy, the well-connected, and those in particular political and professional positions.”
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This article originally appeared in the Louisville Courier Journal: Federal grand jury investigating Craig Greenberg shooting in Louisville