Michael Brown’s mother and father asked for peaceful protests when former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson was not indicted; however, Brown’s stepfather had a different idea. Louis Head was angry with the verdict and made his displeasure known. Now he is being investigated for inciting a riot.
Just after St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch announced Wilson would not be indicted, Head stood above a crowd of protestors, many of them incensed with the outcome, and yelled, "Burn this motherf***er down!" and "Burn this b***h down!”
As chaos ripped through Ferguson, Missouri, and several other cities across the United States, Head’s words seemed nearly prophetic.
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson discussed Head’s actions with Sean Hannity, and said, though he has not spoken to Head about his actions, an informal probe is underway. Jackson intends to speak to Head soon, although he is not being singled out.
"We are pursuing those comments, and there's a lot of discussion going on about that right now, but I really can't get into that at this time,” Jackson said.
Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump said that Head’s comments were “indefensible,” but unsurprising given the circumstances.
"We don't condone people acting on emotion calling for people to do irresponsible things at all," Crump told CNN. "And so we want his family, his mother and father's message to come across louder than anybody who might be associated with them. ... And they can't control what others do. They can control what they pray for."
Jackson agreed with Crump’s opinion on Head’s words. ”We can't let all that happened in Ferguson and Dellwood and the community die,” he said. “Everyone who is responsible for taking away people's property, their livelihoods, their jobs, their businesses — every single one of them needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Jackson said that several agencies were involved in the investigation of Head’s potential incitement of the riot.