Ferguson’s police department is continuing its investigation of the arson and vandalism that occurred in the city following the grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing Michael Brown.
A new video has emerged in which Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head, can be heard making a brief comment about wanting to riot. “If I get up there, I’m going to start a riot,” Head says in the video, which was filmed by Al Jazeera America.
The Ferguson police department is treating this video like evidence, as if Head’s comments sparked the rioting rather than the inexplicable injustice that was confirmed that night. “We are pursuing those comments and there’s a lot of discussion going on about that right now,” said Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson.
The video is emotional, as it shows Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, standing on a car and crying while coming to terms with the fact that the man who killed her son will face no criminal charges. Head eventually jumps on the car to comfort his wife, and apparently addressed the crowd by yelling, “Burn this bitch down!”
Head has since apologized for his reactionary language. “I was so angry and full of raw emotions, as so many others were, and granted, I screamed out words that I shouldn’t have screamed out in the heat of the moment,” Head’s statement reads, according to CBS St. Louis. “It was wrong, and I humbly apologize to all of those who read my pain and anger as a true desire for what I want for our community.”
Sources: Fox News, CBS St. Louis