The mayor of a Mississippi town where a black church was torched and vandalized with the words “Vote Trump” said Wednesday it is being “investigated as a hate crime.” Calling the burning of Hopewell Baptist Church in Greenville a “hateful and cowardly act,” Mayor Errick Simmons said this was “an attack on the black community.” “It appears to be a race crime,” Simmons said.

“It happened in the 50s, it happened in the 60s. It shouldn’t happen in 2016.” Greenville Police Chief Delando Wilson said they were “possibly talking to a person of interest,” but they have no suspects in custody or surveillance video footage of the fire, which appears to have been deliberately set. READ MORE