Michael Brown's stepfather under investigation for inciting Ferguson riots

What Is The End Goal For Ferguson Protesters?
What Is The End Goal For Ferguson Protesters?


Missouri authorities are reportedly considering criminal charges against Michael Brown's stepfather, an ex-con who has served multiple prison sentences.

Louis Head, 38, is under criminal investigation after video surfaced of him telling angry mob to "burn this bitch down" following the St. Louis County grand jury decision to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the August 9 fatal shooting of the unarmed Brown.

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson told CNN that multiple people have been interviewed since that night, all were with Head when the incident occurred.

"Burn this mother***er down! Burn this bitch down!" The video showed Head screaming to an angry crowd chanting "f**k the police."

Head reportedly shouted for violence about 10 times, even demanding a microphone to make sure as many people as possible heard his enraged screaming, the New York Times reported.

Riots that night led to the burning of police cars and businesses, looting and other violence.

Investigators have not spoken to Head, Jackson said, but that is expected to happen soon.

"We are pursuing those comments, and there's a lot of discussion going on about that right now, but I really can't get into that at this time," said Jackson.

Head issued an apology Wednesday morning for the comments., according to CNN.

The exact words of the apology have not entirely been made public, but, according to the network, Head insists blaming him for the rioting "goes way too far and is as wrong as the decision itself."

Head is not the only one under investigation, Jackson previously told television and radio host Sean Hannity, according to CNN, but his actions are also under a microscope.

"We can't let all that happened in Ferguson and Dellwood and the community die," Jackson explained.

"Everyone who is responsible for taking away people's property, their livelihoods, their jobs, their businesses -- every single one of them needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump previously lamented Head's remarks in multiple media appearances, but explained them away as an emotional man venting during a time of anguish.

But Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder personally called for Head's arrest only last week, during an appearance on conservative radio host Laura Ingraham's show, according to CNN.

Head's criminal record includes multiple drug charges and prison stints, according to criminal records cited by The Smoking Gun.

His first charge came in 1997, a guilty plea for felony marijuana distribution. Head was initially placed in a shock incarceration program and then a five-year probation, which he violated and was shipped to state prison.

Head then pleaded guilty in 2003 to felony narcotics trafficking and was sentenced was seven years in prison. The repeat offender was released in 2008.

Head married Lesley McSpadden (Brown's mother) earlier this year, according to USA Today. The wedding took place before Brown was killed.

The pair is also reportedly under investigation for ransacking a merchandise stand selling shirts and other items related to Brown. The robbery is believed to have netted them $400 in cash and $1,500 in merchandise.

Michael Brown Sr., the slain teen's father, and McSpadden publicly called for peace in the days leading up to the grand jury announcement.

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