Michael Brown’s step-father, Louis Head, may be investigated for inciting a riot by urging bystanders last week to “burn this bitch down,” in reference to Ferguson, Mo., the town’s police chief said Monday.
“Do you believe those comments should be pursued? Is that inciting a riot?” Fox News host Sean Hannity asked the police chief, Thomas Jackson, in an interview.
“We are pursuing those comments, and there’s a lot of discussion going on about that right now,” Jackson said, adding that he was not able to go into further detail.
Head, an ex-convict, yelled “burn this bitch down” around 10 times to a crowd gathered outside of the Ferguson police department following St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch’s announcement last Monday that a grand jury had decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for Brown’s shooting death.
Head was consoling Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, during the announcement.
It is unclear whether Head’s call to arms caused looting, rioting and arson — though more than a dozen businesses in Ferguson and numerous vehicles were set on fire. Many other businesses were looted. One 20-year-old man was shot and killed, though it is unclear if his death was related to the riots.
Last week, Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder called for Head’s arrest for inciting a riot.