Ferguson, MO — Louis Head, the stepfather of Michael Brown, is being blamed by many for what may have incited some or all of the 21 fires that were started in Ferguson after the annoucement was made that the officer who killed Michael Brown would not be indicted.
Shortly after, shouts of “F*** the police” can be heard from the crowd, and later on that night, at least 20 fires were started and more than 60 people were arrested. Many businesses were burned down and/or looted including a local car dealership, an apparel shop called Fashions R Boutique, a Little Caesars pizza restaurant, a self-storage facility, a meat market, and an antiques and jewelry store called Hidden Treasures. Also burned were several police cars.
Sadly, Head’s instructions to “burn this b*** down” might have criminal consequences as he could be charged with inciting a riot and inciting violence. Even more, he has brought probably unwanted attention to himself and his criminal records. According to Missouri state records, he is an ex-convict whose rap sheet includes two felony narcotics convictions.
Regarding the situation, both Al Sharpton and the family lawyer Benjamin Crump, condemned what Head said, but also say that Head was simply showing raw emotion.
“We condemn the violence and the looting from last night,” Crump said. “But we also condemn the violent acts that happened on August 9th that killed Michael Brown, Jr.”
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