Tensions that led to a night of race riots in this Gulf Coast city go beyond the shooting of a young black man by a white police officer, a minister said Saturday.
The Rev. Preston Leonard, pastor of Christ Gospel Church, said: "It is years of what has been perceived in the black community as mistreatment. It's a people thing, not a racial thing, and it is happening all over the country."
Eleven people were injured during the rioting Thursday night and 20 people were arrested. Twenty-eight buildings were burned and preliminary estimates of damage were set at $5 million.
The city remained under a state of emergency to restrict gun and gasoline sales.