Mississippi Church Torched And Vandalized With Pro-Trump Slogan – NBC News – Calling the burning of Hopewell Baptist Church in Greenville a “hateful and cowardly act,” Mayor Errick Simmons said this was “an attack on the black community.” “It appears to be a race crime,” Simmons said. “It happened in the 50s, it happened in the 60s. It shouldn’t happen in 2016.”
Officials: Greenville church burning, vandalism being investigat – MSNewsNow.com – Jackson, MS – Tuesday night, at 9:15 p.m. authorities responded to the scene of the 111-year-old Hopewell M.B. Church. The church was not only burned, but also vandalized with the words “Vote Trump” spray painted on the side of the building.
Officials said during a press conference held on Wednesday that the incident is now being investigated as a hate crime and Greenville Police Chief Freddie Cannon called the incident a “a form of voting intimidation”.
‘Vote Trump’ painted on burned Miss. black church – “The FBI Jackson Division is aware of the situation in Greenville,” said said spokesman Brett Carr, “and we are working with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners to determine if any civil rights crimes were committed.”
Greenville Police Chief Delando Wilson said investigators worked all night to collect evidence.
“At this moment, they’re interviewing possible witnesses,” he said. “We don’t have any suspects at this time. We are talking to a person of interest.”
He knows of no surveillance video that might have captured images of those responsible.
Fire Chief Ruben Brown Sr. said they received a call at 9:16 p.m. CT and found the church engulfed in flames.