Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Arrest made in Greenville Church fire case

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety issued the following press release:



Officials with the Greenville Police Department arrested Andrew McClinton today in connection with the November 1, 2016 fire at Hopewell MB Church in Greenville. McClinton, 45, has been charged with one count of first degree arson of a place of worship. McClinton, of 3836 Highway 82 West, Leland, is being held in the Washington County Detention Center awaiting his initial appearance in Greenville Municipal Court. The investigation was conducted by the Greenville Police Department, Greenville Fire Department, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, State Fire Marshall's Office, and ATF. The investigation is continuing.

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32 comments:

Anonymous said...

There is a 6% chance that he is a Trump supporter

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the national media will reveal that he is an African American and not a white man. The lib press should be apologizing for jumping to the conclusion again that this is a racially motivated hate crime.

Anonymous said...

So this is the Trump supporter spreading hate in the wake of the elections? Doesn't really look the part.

Anonymous said...

2:39. The chances of the national media reporting the truth about this African American burning down an African American church in a non-racially motivated crime is less than 6%.

Anonymous said...

I doubt the liberal media even touches this as it doesn't fit their agenda like "black church in MS torched and trump spray painted on the side". Its a non story now that this comes out.

Anonymous said...

He is smirking. He knows he is about to make Fox News for a month!

Anonymous said...

I'm sure Bennie Thompson has formally retracted his demand for a formal hate crime investigation. Or maybe Bennie is too busy looking for other white bogeymen who are a danger to homeland security.

Anonymous said...

"Yay! A Black Guy Did It!" Headline was too long for this blog entry, I guess?

Anonymous said...

Myriad national news organizations reported on the burning prior to the election and implied that this was the result of Trump's campaign rhetoric.

How many will report the findings?

Anonymous said...

It has already hit the Drudge Report. Whether it hits other national news outlets doesn't matter since Drudge picked it up.

Anonymous said...

but I wonder if the guy wrote "vote trump" on the church?

Anonymous said...

The racial animus in this country is the worst I have ever seen. Add the fact that we have about 350,000,000 loaded guns and you get a respect for disaster. My plan is to lock and load and defend my family against any and all thugs or thugette once they reach the (soon to be) town of Gluckstadt city limits.

Anonymous said...

He is also a member of the church according to a Bishop there. I grew up about a mile from the church. The area has a lot of mentally ill folks with no hope and no treatment. Not to mention all the manufacturers left for China during the 90s.

Anonymous said...

Fox news did state the pigment on their evening broadcast. The other major ones won't.

The Pied Paper said...

With so many recently self inflicted pies to the face, we have changed the name of our rag once known as "The Jackson Free Press". Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I hope I misunderstood 5:41. If he is trying to draw some correlation with manufactures who 'left for China', he's a damned idiot. Might as well blame it on the Highway 82 fast food places who rejected the thug's application.

Anonymous said...

"The political message of the vandalism is obviously an attempt to sway public opinion regarding the upcoming election," U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, of Bolton, said. "I encourage all citizens not to be deterred by this cowardly act and exercise your right to vote at the ballot box."

Bobby Moak, chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party, decried the fire and graffiti. “There are no coincidences in politics, and we’ve got a burnt-out church with political messaging on the side,” he said.

Anonymous said...

The AP reports he's black. Doesn't get more mainstream than that.
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_BLACK_CHURCH_BURNED_MISSISSIPPI_MSOL-?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2016-12-21-21-08-37

Orange is the new black said...

If he were white, he would be put away for life. But with the double standards for hate crimes, he will unlikely serve any time.

Now We Have It On Good Authority... said...

There is no need to expect accountability and responsibility. We have been told the church was torched by a member because jobs left for China. And there you have it. You read it here first.

Anonymous said...

Today's (Dec. 22) Washington Post includes a somewhat lengthy story on the arrest, including more information on the suspect's background and outreach by First Baptist Church to ensure members of Hopewell M.B. Church have a home for services.

Washington Post Story

Anonymous said...

The New York Times has a story on the latest developments:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/21/us/mississippi-church-fire.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fus&action=click&contentCollection=us&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=9&pgtype=sectionfront&_r=0

Anonymous said...

Ha. The Clarion Ledger manages to write a article without mentioning his race. Pretty important detail Sarah Fowler! You know we alll have Twitter and can read AP reports....right?

Anonymous said...

Wasn't that the church that was asking for donations to rebuild the church? If I remember right they got one of those go fund me things. People donated thousands of $ to the church the white Trump supporters burned.

Pass Over For Deacon - Torches Church said...

The Ledger mentioned the race of Dillon Root, the white yoot who shot up the black congregation. What's the difference? Why this standard at the Ledger? I know Bill Minor has someone reading this blog to him. Maybe he can enlighten us.

Anonymous said...

I suspected this all the time. I thought this in just too handy all neatly wrapped up as another MS Hate Crime. When will people realize there are bad white people bad black people bad brown people and good also. Like I told a Philadelphia, PA lady that attacked MS before admitting she had never actually even been in MS. I said it is wrong to prejudge everyone in MS in racist before you meet them.

Anonymous said...

Good I can release this trump supporter I have held captive for six weeks now. I just knew he was involved

Anonymous said...

I heard he did it reacting to a video on You Tube posted by a white racists. The Obamacare Justice Department has had him arrested and jailed.

Anonymous said...

Police have reported that his prints match those on the spray paint can found at the scene. So the conspiracy theorist who suggested somebody else was involved can go back to his comic books.

News Conference Announced.. said...

Bennie Thompson is scheduled to hold a news conference on this Christmas morning at 10:00am. He will be flanked by Nancy Pelosi and Al Sharpton. Advance copy of the remarks suggest Thompson will present evidence that the man has a low IQ and heard voices stemming back to his day as a lad mistreated by white folk. He was also fired at Church's Chicken by a white assistant manager and intended to burn that place of bidness. He war confused.

Anonymous said...

Bennie is just trying to let you unPC crowd know what really happened.
It wasn't a white person who lit the fire and spray painted but it still is the fault of the white man. When are you going to learn. One of these days people like Bennie are going to quit teaching you what you need to know.

Anonymous said...

I live in Greenville. Not even black people thought it was a white person. They will tell you (and they are right) that no white person would have been in that part of town at that time of night and gotten away with not being seen. The rumor around town since this happened was that it was a former deacon that was caught stealing money from the church. However, the minister has never confirmed that, so take it FWIW.

I don't mind if they use the money to rebuild, as long as that's all the money is used for. What I do mind is the mayor calling it a hate crime initially when no facts were known (and it was an iffy at best conclusion). He's yet to apologize for that remark; it would behoove him to make amends.

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