The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported that Andrew McClinton, who is African-American and is 45 years old, was arrested for the arson and graffiti of Hopewell Baptist Church, in which “Vote Trump” had also been written on the side of the building. The church's pastor confirmed to the Associated Press that McClinton is a member of the parish.
The FBI had opened a civil rights investigation into the Nov. 1 incident to determine if it had been a hate crime.
AP reported that it was unclear whether politics motivated the arson.
“We do not believe it was politically motivated. There may have been some efforts to make it appear politically motivated,” Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, who is also the state’s fire marshal, told the AP.
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