GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The FBI launches a civil rights investigation into the arson and vandalism of an African-American church in Mississippi, where “Vote Trump” was spray-painted on an outside wall Wednesday.
Greenville Mayor Errick Simmons calls the fire and graffiti a “heinous, hateful, cowardly act.”
The fire blackened the sanctuary’s pews, pulpit and walls, but the shell of the church is still standing.
Fire Chief Ruben Brown Sr. estimates it was 80 percent destroyed. He says authorities are offering an $11,000 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction of whoever did it.