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Cop's son arrested for allegedly torching three black churches

14 April 2019
Cop's son arrested for allegedly torching three black churches

The fires echo similar incidents when the burning of Black churches was used as an intimidation tactic during the civil rights era. He's been identified as a local sheriff's deputy's son named Holden Matthews, 21.

Browning says the investigation is ongoing as they are working to obtain more information, but he says that he can't thank the churches enough for all of the information that they provided to law enforcement.

Matthews's mother and father did not immediately return a request for comment.

The churches, all with predominantly black congregations, were burned between March 26-April 4.

"I believe that God is on our side", he said.

Bryyn said he met Matthews after moving out of state when Matthews, who played guitar and sang, answered an online ad while seeking a record deal. They worked together and met face to face over the years.

In a statement issued before Matthews arrest, the NAACP said the organization was troubled by the fires, which they believed had been racially motivated. In the early 1990s, a rash of church arsons in Norway by fans of the music were described by leaders of the movement as acts of protest against Christianity ruling over a country rooted in Paganism.

A Facebook page that purportedly belongs to the 21-year-old features a photo of him with the words "black metal" spray-painted on a wall.

Vikernes spent 15 years in prison for arson and for the 1993 murder of his bandmate Euronymous. "We are extremely, unequivocally confident that we have the person who is responsible for these tragic crimes".

A suspect in arson fires at three historically black Louisiana churches is a law enforcement officer's son who may have been influenced by "black metal" music and its "associated history with church burnings", the state fire marshal said Thursday. The cop's son who is now under arrest for burning down black churches is into the neo-pagan Viking/Death Metal scene.

"He is actually a really sweet guy, which is why I was so surprised to hear what happened", Cook said. He was very tolerant.

Matthews' father, Roy Matthews, "broke down" when told his son was the suspect, said Sheriff Bobby Guidroz.

"Holden Matthews' father did not turn him in", Guidroz said. He did not elaborate. He was booked on three counts of Simple Arson of a religious building.

Since Trump has taken office, we've seen a rise in white supremacy and hate crimes - so much so that we issued letters to push both the Judiciary and Homeland Security committees of the House of Representatives to hold hearings for the resurgence of hate and raced-based crimes that are overcoming the nation.

"I don't know what was in his heart", Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a news conference Thursday morning.

The collaboration on this case was comprised of around 100 individuals primarily from the SFM, ATF, FBI and Louisiana State Police.

Authorities are expected to announce more details about the arrest at a press conference at 10 a.m. local time Thursday.

The affidavit says "the purchase time on this receipt is less than three hours before the first church fire was reported".

"We've suffered but I think it has a cause, a higher cause", Rev. Gerald Toussaint of Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church said.