The mother of Michael Brown, Lesley McSpadden and her husband Louis Head gesture after the announced decision by the Grand Jury in FergusonMo. on Nov. 24, 2014.
Larry W. Smith—EPA
December 3, 2014 10:59 AM EST

The stepfather of Michael Brown said Wednesday that his emotions “got the best of me” when he urged a crowd in Ferguson, Missouri, to “burn this bitch down” after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer for shooting his stepson to death.

In a statement obtained by NBC News, Louis Head, who is married to Brown’s mother, apologized to those “who read my pain and anger as a true desire for what I want for our community. It wasn’t.”

Authorities are considering whether to charge Head for inciting a riot. Angry crowds burned buildings, looted stores and…

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