Michael Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head, may have predicted the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, immediately before he shouted “burn this b***h down” on November 24, according to a newly emerged video.
Emotions ran high, both locally and nationally, after a St. Louis grand jury returned no indictment against Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, in addition to peaceful protests, riots, looting, and arson quickly followed the “burn this b***h down” call to the assembled crowd by Michael Brown’s stepdad, which may or may not have been a spontaneous display of emotion given this newly posted footage.
About 60 businesses were vandalized in the disturbance following of the grand jury announcement, 12 of which were totally destroyed by flames. Several vehicles were also torched.
As part of an overall investigation into wrongdoing in the area, law enforcement authorities apparently are conducting an investigation to whether Head might be charged with incitement to riot. Whether a cause-and-effect relationship existed is purely speculative at this time.
With regard to the new video, when apparently asked whether he wanted to go up on the platform to comfort Michael Brown’s mother shortly after the grand jury decision was announced, Louis Head allegedly explains at 16 seconds in, “No, if I get up there, I’m going to start a riot.”
Head did, of course, wind up addressing the assemblage.
The new footage was flagged by a website called The Conservative Treehouse. The same website claims that Michael Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, and Louis Head were notified about an hour in advance of the public disclosure that no indictment would be forthcoming.
Watch the video embedded below and draw your own conclusions
Head subsequently issued an apology for his anger in the heat of the moment.
“Something came over me as I watched and listened to my wife, the mother of Michael Brown Jr., react to the gut-wrenching news that the cop who killed her son wouldn’t be charged with a crime. My emotions admittedly got the best of me. This is my family. I was so angry and full of raw emotions, as so many others were, and granted I screamed out words I shouldn’t have screamed in the heat of the moment. I was wrong, and I humbly apologize to all those who read my anger and my pain as a true desire for what I want for the community. To place blame solely on me for the conditions of our community and country after the grand jury decision goes way too far and is as wrong as the decision itself. To declare a state of emergency and send a message of war, not peace, before a grand jury decision is announced is also wrong. In the end I’ve lived in this community for a long time. The last thing I truly wanted was to see it go up in flames…”
Does this new video, assuming it is accurate and fully validated, give a different context to Louis Head’s remarks after the Ferguson decision?
[image via YouTube]