CRIME

Police investigating Michael Brown's stepfather for comments ahead of Ferguson rioting, arsons

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2014 file photo Louis Head, center front, Michael Brown's stepfather, and Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden, wearing sunglasses, react as  they listen to the announcement that a grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson who fatally shot  Brown. St. Louis County Police said Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 that authorities want to talk to Head about his angry comments as part of a broader investigation into arson, vandalism and looting that followed the Nov. 24 grand jury announcement.  (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2014 file photo Louis Head, center front, Michael Brown's stepfather, and Brown's mother Lesley McSpadden, wearing sunglasses, react as they listen to the announcement that a grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson who fatally shot Brown. St. Louis County Police said Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 that authorities want to talk to Head about his angry comments as part of a broader investigation into arson, vandalism and looting that followed the Nov. 24 grand jury announcement. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)  (The Associated Press)

Police are investigating Michael Brown's stepfather for angry comments made to a Ferguson crowd after a grand jury decided not to indict the police officer who fatally shot his stepson.

St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman said Tuesday that police want to talk to Louis Head about his comments as part of a broader investigation into arson, vandalism and looting that followed the Nov. 24 grand jury announcement. Twelve commercial buildings were destroyed by fire.

Widely-circulated video showed Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, on top of a car and breaking down as the announcement blares on a stereo. Head, her husband, comforts her then repeatedly yells angry comments, including "Burn this bitch down!"

Family attorney Benjamin Crump has called the reaction "raw emotion," but "completely inappropriate."