An unidentified individual has reportedly been taken into custody in reference to the string of church fires which have occurred in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana over the previous few weeks.
KATC stories the individual is in custody however has not been recognized and even named as a suspect at the moment. A state fireplace marshal spokesperson additionally wouldn’t confirmed if the individual is beneath arrest, however informed WBRZ that the division hopes to launch an replace Thursday morning (April 11).
On Monday, the NAACP launched a press release condemning the fires is St. Landry Parish, in addition to different comparable incidents in Tennessee.
“What is going on in Tennessee and Louisiana is home terrorism and we should not flip a blind eye to any incident the place persons are focused due to the colour of their pores and skin or their religion. The spike in church burnings in Southern states is a mirrored image of the emboldened racial rhetoric and rigidity spreading throughout the nation. However that is nothing new. For many years, African American church buildings have served because the epicenter of survival and an emblem of hope for a lot of within the African-American neighborhood. As a consequence, these homes of religion have traditionally been the targets of violence. The NAACP stands vigilant to make sure that authorities conduct full investigations,” the assertion learn.
From the bounce, fireplace investigators imagine the blazes that destroyed Mount Nice Baptist Church and two others within the St. Landry Parish space have been the results of arson. The primary fireplace occurred on March 26 in Port Barre whereas one other church went ablaze in Opelousas earlier this week.