In the heat of the immediate riots following the decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson last Monday, Michael Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head, was caught on tape screaming “burn this bitch down.”
And on Tuesday, multiple media outlets reported that Head is now under investigation by the Ferguson police department to determine if he was trying to incite a riot through his actions.
“You remember that was right after the decision was announced, it was very emotional,” Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump said Monday night on CNN regarding Head’s comments. “It’s indefensible, it’s not appropriate in any way, we don’t condone people acting on emotion calling for people to do irresponsible things.”
St. Louis Police Chief Tom Jackson also commented on the investigation Monday in an interview with Fox News’ 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. “We can’t let all that happened in Ferguson and Dellwood and the community die. 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.”
The non-indictment of Wilson has of course sparked a media, activism, and political firestorm during the past week.
Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the U.S. Justice Department’s investigation into the shooting death of Michael Brown is still underway.
As TheWrap previously reported, Wilson resigned from the police force last weekend and will not receive any type of severance package.