Michael Brown’s stepfather apologizes for inciting riots

Michael Brown’s stepfather issued an apology of sorts that had far less clarity than the angry rant he let fly after the announcement that a grand jury would not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of his stepson.

Whether he intended to incite a riot or not, Louis Head told protesters in Ferguson, Mo., to “burn this bitch down,” and they proceeded to do just that, burning down more than a dozen buildings.

In a statement to CNN’s Don Lemon, Head said Wednesday his emotions got the best of him, but he did not want to see the destruction that took place.

“In the end I’ve lived in this community for a long time,” he said, according to the statement. “The last thing I truly wanted was to see it go up in flames.”

But the apology rings hollow.

“This is my family. I was so angry and full of raw emotions, as so many others were, and granted I screamed out words I shouldn’t have screamed in the heat of the moment,” he wrote. “I was wrong and I humbly apologize to all those who read my anger and my pain as a true desire for what I want for the community.”

Head even said it would be “wrong” to blame him for what happened after his inflammatory comments.

“To place blame solely on me for the conditions of our community and country after the Grand Jury decision goes way too far and is wrong as the decision itself,” he said.

Police are investigating the incident, but no charges have been filed against Head, according to CNN.

His full statement can be seen here:

“Something came over me as I watched and listened to my wife, the mother of Michael Brown Jr., react to the gut-wrenching news that the cop who killed her son wouldn’t be charged with a crime, my emotions admittedly got the best of me.

“This is my family. I was so angry and full of raw emotions, as so many others were, and granted I screamed out words I shouldn’t have screamed in the heat of the moment. I was wrong and I humbly apologize to all those who read my anger and my pain as a true desire for what I want for the community.

“To place blame solely on me for the conditions of our community and country after the Grand Jury decision goes way too far and is wrong as the decision itself. To declare a state of emergency and send a message of war, not peace, before a Grand Jury decision is announced is also wrong.

“In the end 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 me to see that. It’s time to rebuild. If we are to honor Michael Brown’s memory we need to work together to make rebuilding happen. I plan to remain here and do my part in earnest truth.”

Tom Tillison

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