The FBI is investigating the torching of a black Mississippi church that was also vandalized with the words “Vote Trump.”
“The FBI Jackson Division is aware of the situation in Greenville, and we are working with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners to determine if any civil rights crimes were committed,” FBI Public Affairs Specialist Brett Carr said in a statement Wednesday.
The fire at the Hopewell Baptist Church in Greenville, Mississippi, erupted around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday and did heavy damage to the main sanctuary of the brick building, officials said.
The Trump graffiti was found in big letters on an outside wall, they said.
Federal ATF investigators and Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s Office investigators were on the scene.
Asked if the church had been targeted before, a spokeswoman for Greenville Mayor Errick Simmons said no.
“Not in recent years that I know of,” Kenya Collins told NBC News.
(Image of the torched and vandalized church at link.)