(CNN) — To some, they’re the gut-wrenching emotional cries of a man whose stepson’s life was taken.
Others say they were dangerous words that sparked a powder keg as violent protests broke out in Ferguson, Missouri last week.
But did Michael Brown’s stepfather intend to incite rioting in the St. Louis suburb?
That’s a question Ferguson police say they’re looking into.
Brown’s stepfather didn’t hold back as news of a grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson reached Ferguson. As throngs in front of the Ferguson Police Department listened to St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch’s announcement on cell phones and radios, Louis Head stepped onto a platform above the crowd and embraced his wife, Brown’s mother. He then turned to the demonstrators — some of them shouting “F— the police!” — and yelled, “Burn this motherf—er down!” and “Burn this bitch down!”