News St Louis police arrest suspect in arson cases at mostly black churches

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    St Louis police have arrested an individual in connection with a spate of arson cases at predominantly black churches.

    The suspect, a 35-year-old black male, was taken into custody on Thursday, said Schron Jackson, spokesperson for the St Louis police department.

    “If/when warrants are issued, we [will] release a booking photo and warrant information,” Jackson told the Guardian. The St Louis Post-Dispatch first reported the arrest and, citing an unnamed police source, said the suspect may receive criminal charges as early as Friday afternoon.

    Police officials later announced at a press conference Friday that St Louis resident David Lopez Jackson was charged with two counts of second-degree arson in the fires at Ebenezer Lutheran Church and New Life Missionary Baptist Church. Both occurred on October 17. The 35-year-old was ordered held by a judge on a $75,000 cash only bond.

    Cautioning that the investigation is ongoing, St Louis police chief Sam Dotson said at a press conference on Friday: “Hopefully more charges will be coming.”

    Jackson is considered a suspect in the other incidents, Dotson said.

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    The weekslong investigation has shown no indication of a hate crime or that any religious or ethic group was targeted in the arsons, according to the federal bureau of alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives, which has led the joint-investigation with the St Louis regional bomb and arson unit, along with the St Louis fire department fire investigation unit.

    “Arson is a violent crime,” said Gregory Gant, ATF Kansas City field division special agent in charge, in a statement. “ATF views an arson attack against a house of worship as an attack on not just a building, but against a community. We work shoulder to shoulder with our state and local partners to bring those responsible to justice.”

    Law enforcement officials have said the fires have been “relatively small in nature”, with similar details found in each. The churches are within a few miles of each other, near Ferguson, Missouri – however, officials have cautioned that it’s too early in the investigation to speculate on whether the incidents are related to the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was killed last year by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. A grand jury later declined to bring charges against Wilson.

    Nonetheless, parishioners and officials described the string of incidents that began 8 October as a “disturbing pattern”, given that the majority African American churches are clustered in an area near Ferguson. The alleged arsonist apparently deviated from the pattern last week, however, when a historic church near downtown with a predominately white congregation was hit by a minor fire.

    The rash of fires for weeks puzzled investigators, who said it was “frustrating” not to have a suspect or motive.

    A minister of an affected church told the Guardian he sensed “lethargy” in his community on the city’s north side, as he anticipated “more of a response” from the faith community to the fires.

    “A number of the congregation are people who lived through an era where church fires were not taken seriously by the authorities,” the Rev Rodrick Burton told the Guardian, describing the New Northside Missionary Baptist church’s working-class neighborhood. “I got folks from Arkansas, my mother’s from Alabama; for some of the people, they’re waiting to see what is the motivation [behind the fires].”

    It’s too early to tell if race has played a part in the alleged arsonist’s motive, Burton said.

    “But I say that it could’ve [done more] for race relations in this area … if people in the majority culture reached out and said, ‘We’re concerned about this happening in the African American community,’” he said.

    Burton was heartened, however, by the response from the one majority white church affected by the fires, Shrine of St Joseph.

    On Sunday, the Reverend Dale Wunderlich asked congregants to consider a donation for the other damaged churches on the city’s north side, most of which lacked insurance to cover the cost of repairs. Volunteers passed out collection baskets that were promptly filled.

    “We are now part of a bigger picture,” the St Louis resident told his congregation at the beginning of service on Sunday.

    He added: “It seems to me that we can’t sit back and do nothing.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/oct/30/st-louis-arson-black-churches-suspect-arrested
     
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    Thanks Obama
     
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    Good to see the KKK isnt involved with this. I was beginning to worry.
     
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    Virtually every black church burning, someone spay painting Reggie or stuff related to that is done by black people.

    Liberals and blacks are so mad how little white racism there really is
     
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    where's Al,Jesse and Holder ?
     
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    Don't worry the KKK image is still unblemished
     
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    tattoo parlors should be legally obligated to inform the police with information (name and stuff) on any customers who are
    getting a face tattoo
     
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    He's mad he had to give 10% of his food stamps to the church
     
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    shocking story
     
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    i'm thinking the parlor he went to had bars and guards.
     
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    i wonder how many people are bummed it's not an evil white dude? :)
     
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    as should they all
    you know those tattoo people are up to no good
     
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    I would have been way happier if it was a chink

    now that would fuck everyone up
     
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    Lol. We're the confederates also involved? Maybe the Bolsheviks? Are we sure the flappers weren't implicated? Have all the Minutemen been accounted for? How can we be sure it wasn't the mesopotamians? Did somebody check the Babylonians to make sure they weren't involved?

    Figure since we're talking about groups that haven't been relevant in a while...

    On a serious note: who the fuck was his tat artist? That dude needs to be arrested too on general principle.
     
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    big mistake....''The alleged arsonist apparently deviated from the pattern last week, however, when a historic church near downtown with a predominately white congregation was hit by a minor fire.''

    homey don't play that.
     
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    Everyone that watches msnbc...

    ... So... 4-5...

    ...ish
     
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    That crown tattoo on his forehead tells me that he's a fellow LA Kings fan.

    Go Kings Go.
     
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    i watch morning joe every day! fox is boring, i can't stand cuomo that cunt, so it's joe and meeeeka.
     
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    A huge number of hate crimes turn out to be either hoaxes, or perpetrated by the group who was supposedly being targeted. Surprise surprise, the media often doesn't report it when when it turns out to be bullshit. There is a database though: http://www.fakehatecrimes.org/
     
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