The stepfather of Michael Brown apologized today for repeatedly yelling "burn" comments moments after a grand jury cleared a Ferguson police officer in the death of the unarmed teenager last month.
Louis Head released the statement after police confirmed that they were looking into video of Head's angry comments to determine whether the shouted remarks amounted to inciting a riot.
Fires raged in Ferguson that night, with businesses looted and destroyed in the St. Louis suburb.
Head was standing next to Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, on a Ferguson street when they heard the grand jury's decision Nov. 24 to not indict Police Officer Darren Wilson in Brown's death.
“Burn this b---- down,” Head was heard repeatedly yelling after the decision was announced.
"Something came over me as I watched and listened to my wife, the mother of Michael Brown Jr., react to the gun-wrenching news that the cop who killed her son wouldn't be charged with a crime," Head's statement said. "My emotions admittedly got the best of me... I was so angry and full of raw emotion as so many others were, and, granted, I screamed out words that I shouldn't have.... It was wrong and I humbly apologize."
Head said that it would be wrong "to place blame solely on me for the conditions of our community, and country," and said the grand jury's decision was also to blame for the ensuing riot.
"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," Head said.
Police are looking into whether Head should be charged for inciting a riot, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson confirmed in a Monday interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity.
“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,” Jackson said.
No arrests have been made in the matter, with the St. Louis County Police Department stating that it is “currently looking into this as a part of the entire investigation that includes the arsons, looting and destruction of property.”
Attorneys for the Brown family were quick to denounce Head’s words, but asked for understanding during a moment of emotional pain.
“Don’t condemn them for being human,” family attorney Benjamin Crump said Nov. 25.
The Aug. 9 shooting that killed Michael Brown has sparked months of unrest in Ferguson, with national attention drawn to the region. The FBI arrested a man in Kirkland, Washington, Tuesday for making threats to kill Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot Brown.
According to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Seattle, Jaleel Tariq Abdul-Jabbaar made numerous threats against Wilson and his family on his Facebook page. According to court documents, on Nov. 24, Abdul-Jabbaar posted a news article with the headline, “Ferguson Grand Jury Verdict has Just Been Reached.” His comments, “Ready to go and kill some cops,” and “We need to kill this white motha f---- and anything that has a badge on.”
Abdul-Jabbaar is charged with three counts of making interstate threats and faces up to five years in prison.
Wilson resigned as a Ferguson police officer this week, citing in his resignation letter the safety of other police officers who would have to work with him.