As Michael Brown’s step-father, Louis Head, is being investigated for provoking a riot in Ferguson, Missouri last week by urging protesters to “burn this bitch down,” new video has emerged showing the 38-year-old predicting that his words would cause mayhem in the St. Louis suburb.
“No, if I get up there I’m going to start a riot,” Head can be heard saying on the video when asked by another person if he wanted to step onto a makeshift stage where Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, was expressing grief and anger over St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch’s announcement to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for Brown’s shooting death.
Head, an ex-convict, eventually stepped up on the stage to console McSpadden before yelling “burn this bitch down” approximately ten times into the crowd.
Earlier this week, Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson and other law enforcement officials said that they were investigating whether Head could be charged for inciting a riot. A dozen businesses were set ablaze following his remarks. Two cop cars and numerous other vehicles were lit on fire. Numerous stores were looted and otherwise destroyed. One 20-year-old man was shot dead and set on fire near where Brown was killed.
Head later apologized for his remarks, saying they were made in the heat of the moment.