Initally called a hate crime because of Trump grafitti???
Parishioner Arrested For November Arson Of Black Church In Mississippi
Nearly two months after a black church in Greenville, Miss., was torched and painted with pro-Trump graffiti, a member of the church has been arrested and charged with the crime.
"The Mississippi Department of Public Safety says 45-year-old Andrew McClinton is charged with arson of a place of worship in connection to the fire at the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville on Nov. 1," Mark Rigsby of Mississippi Public Broadcasting reports.
"Vote Trump" was spray-painted on the side of the church. The church burning, just days before the election, received widespread attention.
As NPR reported at the time, Greenville's mayor called the incident a hate crime; the FBI opened a civil rights investigation, but said it was too early to determine if the arson was motivated by hate.
McClinton attended the church, The Associated Press reports, and officials have not indicated a motive for the alleged crime.
Mike Chaney, the Mississippi insurance commissioner and state fire marshal, told the wire service it was possible the vandalism was an act of misdirection.