• St. Louis Official: “Mood Changed” After Michael Brown’s Stepfather Yelled “Burn This Bitch Down”

    The streets of Ferguson, Missouri were literally on fire for the second night in a row after a grand jury announced a decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown.

    One local lawmaker said Michael Brown’s stepfather may have played a role in the violent unrest.

    “I want to get your reaction to the remarks of Michael Brown’s stepfather last night, because that was a very intense and heated moment,” CNN”s Jake Tapper said to St. Louis Alderman Antonio French. “Look, this is not a problem that was created last night, but I don’t think that what he said, ‘burn this m-f-er down,’ or ‘burn this bitch down.’ How do you think that contributed, if at all, to what happened last night?”

    “So I was there when that happened,” French responded. “I think he was expressing a sentiment that a lot of folks in that crowd felt. When he said those words, though, the mood did change and things got a little bit out of control.”

    “I just think there is such anger and emotion around this topic, around this case, and I think it was an incredibly poor choice to release the announcement late at night, and to presumably do that without coordinating with law enforcement, it just looked like government was not prepared.”

    It’s been reported that it was St. Louis City Prosecutor Robert McCulloch’s decision to announce the verdict at 9:00 p.m. eastern time. But to use the timing of the decision as an excuse for violent protest is absolutely absurd.

    “What happened, what went wrong?” Tapper pressed.

    “I’m not sure what went wrong,” French answered. “Even at the press conference just a few hours before I think state officials had said that every contingency had been prepared for, but when I was out there on West Florissant, there were no police, no National Guardsmen, and chaos.”

    Here’s the video of Michael Brown’s stepfather ratcheting up the crowd and repeatedly yelling “burn this bitch down.”


    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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