The stepfather of an unarmed 18-year-old black teen who was fatally wounded by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer has apologized after being accused of inciting violence during a rally in Missouri.
Louis Head is being unfairly blamed for a riot that took place in the city after a grand jury decided not to charge Darren Wilson in the teen’s death.
Head said his “emotions got the best of me” on the night of Nov. 24 in Ferguson, Mo. [He screamed, “burned the —- down!” after hearing the decision.]
Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson has said authorities are trying to determine if Head’s rant was an effort to incite a riot. St. Louis County Police spokesman Shawn McGuire told USA TODAY that an investigation of Head’s statements was underway. He said the information will be sent to the prosecuting attorney’s office, where a decision will be made whether or not to charge Head and with what crimes.
“I was so angry and full of raw emotions, as so many others were, and granted, I screamed out words that I shouldn’t have screamed in the heat of the moment,” Head said in his statement to CNN. “It was wrong and I humbly apologize to all of those who read my pain and anger as a true desire for what I want for our community.
“But 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 as wrong as the decision itself. To declare a state of emergency and send a message of war, and not peace, before a grand jury decision was announced is also wrong.
Once again the system blames a Black man.
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