Michael Brown’s stepfather caught on camera in Ferguson: ‘Burn this b**** down’

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FERGUSON, Mo. – Michael Brown’s stepfather consoled the dead teen’s distraught mother after Monday’s controversial grand jury announcement and then turned to the crowd of demonstrators, saying, “Burn this mother f***er down” and “Burn this b**** down,” according to a New York Times video.

The comments by Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head, came shortly before an eruption of rage by some protesters over the decision not to indict police Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of 18-year-old Brown.

An entire row of businesses on West Florissant Avenue, a major thoroughfare, was engulfed in flames Monday night.

Police cars and a row of vehicles at a nearby dealership were turned into fireballs.

There were so many blazes that firefighters couldn’t reach every one.

In the New York Times video, Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, is seen in the crowd Monday night in Ferguson, Missouri.

McSpadden speaks to the crowd briefly, saying she has lived in the community her whole life and never experienced anything like this.

She breaks down at one point and is comforted by Head before his outburst.

CNN is trying to reach Head for comment.

At a news conference Tuesday, an attorney for the Brown family, Benjamin Crump, said the video captured the couple’s “desperation and frustration” over the grand jury decision.

Crump said the video depicted the “raw emotion” of the moment, but added, “Don’t condemn them for being human.”

The family “understands we all have a responsibility to protect the community,” Crump said.

Ahead of the announcement about the decision, the Brown family had urged people not to react with violence and destruction.

Their lawyer said the violence that took place on the streets of Ferguson overnight was “completely inappropriate.”

Brown’s parents were expected to speak at Tuesday’s news conference but later decided not to.

Crump said Michael Brown Sr. “doesn’t want to misspeak because of such emotions that are going through him that will later be used against him.”

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  • AnotherBob

    Blacks burning down minority owned businesses really punishes the police. (Sarcasm for the mentally challenged.)

  • Robert

    So I guess the DA’s office knows who to cite for inciting a riot and the subsequent destruction of city property huh? I love it when criminals make it so easy to find those who are truly at the root of the crime.

  • Mark Snuff

    We should expect to see Mr Brown arrested for inciting a riot.
    Are they boarding up the library too? Didn’t think so.
    This whole situation is the media’s fault. From the start it was never “Guy robs store, attacks officer, gets shot.” No, it was “Unarmed black teen shot by white cop!” rabble rabble etc. Deplorable situation.

    • bob

      That sounds as dumb as the liberals who claim the riots are “the media’s fault.”

      Mike Brown was responsible for what Mike Brown did. Every individual rioter is responsible for his or her own actions. NOBODY is doing anything because of “the media.”

      If “the media” told YOU to break store windows and steal basketball shoes would you do it?

  • bob

    Gosh what a surprise. Meanwhile his wife is up on charges for a strong-arm robbery of another family member.

    We should put a moat around the whole town and charge admission. We could toss peanuts to them.

  • bob

    I like how Brown’s mother takes time out from her “statement” to deny her own violent crime. “I didn’t do nuttin’ to nobody….” LOL! Sure you didn’t.

  • Dee bland

    And there you go. That was probably the way they’re use to responding normally. Just like video of their son stealing and acting unlawful. But all media showed was young man looking like innocent productive citizen.TRUTH always comes out when there’s video and audio around 24/24.

  • Dorcas

    One question for thug Brown’s parents…when would your son have been punished for the consequences of HIS wrong criminal actions toward officer Wilson…the next time he robbed a store? When will you face the facts that your son was a bad person with poor to no character as a decent human being?

  • vernon mather

    Just looking at the cops face tells you hes a cop with an attitude!! Someone aught to beat the holy #=^*£;^ out of him!! Ive got no use for a cop with an attitude! Do i believe he murdered the kid? HELL YEAH i do!

  • brock

    It is truly a shame that this final result ended in the death of this young man. It is the lack of parenting that the child obviously was not taught morals of how to live his life in a constructive manner. Stealing from the store and betting up the clerk was wrong but attacking a cop and trying to take his gun crosses into real stupidity! White, Black, Mexican, Indian, Pakastani – If you do not teach your children the difference between right and wrong then you have left it up to the law abiding citizens to eliminate the problem. And If that requires a gun then so be it. We were not put on this earth to make sure we are politically correct when dealing with this type of stupidity and lack of morals.
    Even more embarrassing is to be out on the street protesting for this boy and his family instead of finding ways to teach responsibility and morals. This boy died because of his lack of both. It is alarming to think that educated blacks can jump on this cause for THIS. Really THIS is the person you want to support your cause on prejudice in the police. If this boy is your poster child you really need to step back and look in the mirror to see if your morals or in check and that you have been taught responsibility.

  • Citizen

    I would hope that this video will be admissible in a court of law. This gentlemen helped to incite a riot and should be held responsible for damages done to public and private property. Also just curious as to why there were a couple of guys wearing bandanas to cover their faces moments after the decision came down? Almost as if they had decided prior to the decision that if it didn’t go in ‘their’ favor they were going to create problems.

  • jail

    This guy should be charged for inciting a riot. The damage that has been done in Ferguson is terrible. I dont care how emotional he got, he could of said something else but no he choose to say burn this city down.. THUG

  • shirleygerhardt

    This is such an amazing video, people who are threatening police officers The stepfather is inciting the people to burn the town down. I ask you for a better way of resolution, watch the video. Then ask what is this really about

  • Stanky Jeff

    Figuritively speaking, the people that should be indicted and /or burning tonight, are the first couple of witnesses that gave completely bogus accounts, Mike Brown and the Media for blowing the entire situation out of control.

  • whyOwhy

    Why is this happen the kid is gone no matter how much we would all like for this to not of happen nothing anyone does will bring him back . This is so very sad too me god help them all

  • Vonda

    This is just evidence of the violent nature of the people of this community. It is really difficult to think that it didn’t happen like the cop said when all of the people of his community are basically acting the same way in such an unlawful and criminally violent way. I have seen first hand officers act on individuals without just cause but I have also seen cops who were decent just dealing with very difficult situations for violent youngsters who had no respect for the law. I tend to feel like this case was the latter based on the disrespect and violent nature of the people in the community and his parents. They are damaging property of people who have nothing to do with any of it. Total ignorance. Fergusson will end up a ghost town and those people will end up without anything and many of them in jail and prison. Their acts are on camera so it shouldn’t be difficult to prosecute. Aren’t they so smart. I feel sorry for those people who are law abiding and do want peace. There were many who commented about people taking responsibility for their own actions and their own destiny instead of blaming cops and the white man for their inability to get ahead. There is nothing keeping these people down but themselves and their refusal to take responsibility for themselves.

  • Christopher Willett

    The buffoonery of the DA’s timing to announce, the hypocrisy and inciting the riot by stepfather should result in the DA’s resignation and charges being filed against Mr. Head. Perhaps it could of been avoided if the two of them were locked in a room for 3 days ( max amt. of time until punishment looses effectiveness) together. Sadly I doubt they’d agree to do this, even if it’d undo the damage caused by adults who basically had temper-tantrums.
    Chris Willett Groveland, MA

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