Michael Brown’s stepfather has issued an apology for his words on the night of the grand jury’s decision to not indict Darren Wilson for the death of his stepson, but he also added that he shouldn't be blamed for the protesters who decided to take his words to heart.
Louis Head is currently under investigation by Ferguson local police who feel that he intended to start a riot. When hearing the announcement that Officer Darren Wilson would not be charged with any crime after killing Michael Brown, Head yelled “Burn this motherf***er down!” amongst a group awaiting the decision.
On Wednesday, CNN’s Don Lemon was able to attain a statement from Head, who said his emotions got the best of him.
“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 in the heat of the moment.
“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.”
Though Head apologized for his words, he did not feel that it was right to place all the blame and him for the violence that occurred following the grand jury’s decision.
"... to place the blame solely on me for the condition of our community, and country, after the grand jury decision goes way too far and is as wrong as the decision itself,” Head continued. “To declare a state of emergency and send a message of war, and not peace, before a grand jury decision announcement is also wrong.
“In the end, I’ve lived in this community for a long time,” Head added. “The last thing I truly wanted was to see it go up in flames. In spite of my frustration, it really hurt to see that.”
Tom Fuentes, a CNN law enforcement analyst, told CNN that he believed a prosecution would be unlikely.
“I think they’ll have a hard time proving that somebody that heard him in the midst of all that noise actually went over and did an arson or committed an act of starting a fire,” Fuentes said. “I think most of the people you see in the crowd are not watching CNN. They’re not watching media reporting of him saying that.
“I think the cause and effect of his words will be hard to prove,” Fuentes concluded.