“Burn this b**ch down!” Michael Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head, screamed at protesters around him on Monday night when he heard Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for shooting his unarmed stepson.
Whether the “Burn this b**ch down!” statement was a slip in a moment of passion and overwhelming emotion or a direct order to sympathetic protesters is unknown.
According to Mediaite, the Brown’s family lawyer, Benjamin Crump, condemned the “burn this b**ch down” outburst while trying to explain it at the same time.
“Raw emotion, not appropriate at all, completely inappropriate. God forbid your child is killed the way their [child was] killed, and then they get the devastating announcement and the manner it was announced and somebody put a camera in your face, what would be your immediate reaction? So, don’t condemn them for being human.”
Soon after Head’s reaction to the announcement came that the officer who shot and killed Brown would not face an indictment, the town of Ferguson erupted in a blaze of fury and fire.
According to CNN, a row of businesses on a main street in Ferguson, West Florissant Avenue, was engulfed in flames. Police cars and vehicles were destroyed and set on fire. Firefighters could not reach all the fires because there were just too many.
On Tuesday morning, while buildings were still smoldering, it was revealed that the Brown’s family church had become the victim of fire and was burnt down. According to NBC News, Michael Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr. was baptized there just a day before it was burnt down.
Reverend Carlton Lee did not believe the looters who had set fire to the other end of West Florissant Avenue were responsible for the loss of his church. He believes white supremacists were responsible for the fire and wanted to punish him for supporting the Brown family, revealed NBC News.
Lee is in shock that anyone could burn down a church.
“I feel like one of my children has died. I put my blood, my sweat, my tears into this church, getting this church built from the ground up. To see that it was taken down in a few minutes is really heartbreaking.”
Federal investigators are currently looking into the arson case of the Flood Christian Church.
On Monday night, the family of Michael Brown released a written statement asking for peaceful protests.
“We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction. Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference,” the statement read.
While many await an explanation for Head’s outburst, “Burn this b**ch down!”, the family canceled an opportunity to speak at a news conference on Tuesday.