Michael Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head, apologized for his shouts which some feel incited rioting in Ferguson. Head is officially under investigation by the St. Louis Police Department. The Ferguson man married to Lesley McSpadden, has been accused of inciting a riot after shouting, “Burn this b***h down” after the Darren Wilson grand jury verdict was read.
Ferguson riots, looting and arson quickly followed the “Burn this b***h down” shouts by Michael Brown’s stepdad. St. Louis Police officials want to talk to Louis Head as part of the ongoing investigation in order to determine if his shouts played a role in the burning to the ground of at least 12 businesses.
“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.” Michael Brown’s stepfather added, ” But 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, and not peace, before a grand jury decision was 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. In spite of my frustration, it really hurt to see that.”
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Oath Keepers were recently told to stop providing free security assistance to Ferguson business owners who opened their doors to the group. Local law enforcement officials reportedly told the Oath Keepers that they were operating a security service without a license and could be arrested for coming to the aid of small business owners worried about more arson and looting.
One female Papa John’s manager in Ferguson fought back against looters trying to enter the restaurant and was shoved and poked in the eyes before they dispersed. A local dentist who turned his keys over the Oath Keepers said his business had been robbed of needles and dental medications.
Michael Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump does not believe Louis Head should be arrested for inciting a riot in Ferguson. Crump deemed the “Burn this b***h down” shouts by Brown’s stepfather were a result of “raw emotion” but were still “completely inappropriate.”
Louis Head has not yet been interviewed by the St. Louis Police on the potential inciting a riot charges, but the department there “is no timetable” for when the investigation into the actions of Michael Brown’s stepfather will be complete, according to police spokesman Brian Schellman. St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch has not yet commented about the case to the media.
Ferguson Police representative Jeff Small said the former employer of Darren Wilson is not engaging in a separate investigation. On Tuesday Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced that the National Guard has completed its duties in relation to the Michael Brown shooting riots. The protests after the evening that the Darren Wilson verdict was released have largely been peaceful. Some have voiced concerns that if Michael Brown’s stepdad is arrested for citing a riot, the looting and other criminal activity could begin once again.
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