While a grand jury has cleared Officer Darren Wilson in the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, authorities are still looking into the possibility of charging Brown’s stepfather with attempting to incite a riot.
Shortly after the grand jury’s decision was announced, the stepfather, Louis Head, called on protesters to “burn this bitch down.” Subsequently, more than a dozen Ferguson, Mo., businesses were burned to the ground.
While there are varying opinions on whether Head’s comments were responsible for what happened, there’s no denying they were spoken in an environment that was a powder keg waiting to go off.
CNN reported that a Ferguson spokesman said Head’s actions are part of “an ongoing investigation into the activities surrounding Nov. 24 pertaining to the rioting, looting and arsons.”
“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,” Police Chief Tom Jackson said Monday on the Sean Hannity radio show.
Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, who is married to Head, said she doesn’t think he should be held accountable for his inflammatory comments.
“He just spoke out of anger. It’s one thing to speak, and it’s a different thing to act. He did not act. He just spoke out of anger,” she said. “When you’re that hurt and the system has did you this wrong, you may say some things as well. We’ve all spoke out of anger before.”
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