Reps. Richmond, Thompson, and Bass Call for Federal Investigation of Louisiana Fires

April 10, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. Today, Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-MS), and Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) issued the following joint statement on the recent burning of Louisiana churches:


“Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson, Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass, and Representative Cedric Richmond of Louisiana’s Second Congressional District call on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and all federal law enforcement agencies to investigate the possible hate crime that resulted in the recent burning of the three historically Black churches in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. All three fires may be the product of domestic terrorism, and places of worship should be protected and safe at all times. It is our expectation that the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies work expeditiously to resolve this matter to restore faith and normalcy among the residents of St. Landry Parish.”