Ferguson church torched 24 hours after Brown Sr. baptized

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The Flood Church, which Michael Brown Sr. belonged to, was torched in Ferguson, Mo. It is not believed that the protestors burned it in support of Brown.

A Ferguson, Mo., church gutted by fire on Monday was targeted by white supremacists because the pastor had publicly called for Police Officer Darren Wilson to be arrested, Rev. Carlton Lee alleged in an interview.

Flood Christian Church was one of more than a dozen buildings and businesses damaged by arsonists in the St. Louis suburb overnight after a grand jury chose not to indict Wilson in the shooting death of a black teen.

Lee was an ever-present fixture next to Michael Brown Sr. in the months after his son, Michael Brown Jr., was killed in a violent confrontation with Wilson on Aug. 9. The elder Brown was even baptized at the church on Sunday.

“I’m very vocal in regards to the Michael Brown case,” Lee told NBC News.

Business owners took a hit Monday, with many buildings getting torched, looted or defaced in some way. Much of the mayhem happened along West Florissant Ave. as a pizzeria and two auto parts stores burned.
Rev. Carlton Lee has supported Michael Brown Sr. since the death of his son.

Rev. Carlton Lee has supported Michael Brown Sr. since the death of his son.

But Lee pointed to the distance between his church and the bulk of the violence, calling the burning of his church a targeted crime.

“I was in complete disbelief,” Lee said. “I did not believe what I was seeing was fire coming out of the church. I didn’t think that anybody would set a church on fire.”

He said it’s unlikely the people protesting the grand jury’s decision are responsible. Instead, racists who wanted to harm the brown family are probably behind the blaze, he said.

“They burned down our church last night but God still reigns,” wife Chanel Lee wrote on Twitter.
Lee believes the burning of the church was a targeted crime.
NBC News
Lee believes the burning of the church was a targeted crime.

If Lee’s setback feels like revenge, then his fellow merchants express a mix of abandonment and betrayal.

“It’s a tragedy. I fault the governor for not giving us the proper protection that we should’ve had,” Brian Fletcher, chairman of the “I love Ferguson Committee,” told KSDK.

“He promised that at a news conference last week that he’d protect the businesses of Ferguson, he threw us under the bus and ignored us, quite frankly.”

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