Fox News Medical A-Team member and resident psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow on Wednesday argued that Michael Brown’s stepfather should be charged not only for inciting riots, but because his lack of respect for the police made him “culpable” for his stepson’s death.
A St. Louis County Police spokesperson said on Tuesday that stepfather Louis Head was under investigation for yelling angry comments — including “Burn this bitch down!” — just moments after learning that a grand jury had refused to charge Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson with Brown’s death.
“The man has to be charged,” Ablow insisted to the hosts of Fox & Friends on Wednesday. “Michael Brown’s stepfather should be charged with attempting to incite a riot because that’s what he’s doing there. There’s nothing to suggest that he doesn’t have that intent.”
“What about the fact that he could be so-called grieving,” Fox News host Brian Kilmeade wondered. “Some people cry, some people get angry. And he was hugging somebody one minute, next minute thing you know, it seemed impromptu. What about that?”
“This doesn’t look like grief to me,” Ablow argued. “It looks like retribution, and for a perceived injustice that the courts say did not occur.”
According to the Fox News pundit, the grand jury should have been considering charges against Head for the death of his stepson, even though the unarmed teen had been shot to death by Officer Wilson.
“Listen, the investigation into Michael Brown’s death has ended, and now the investigation into his life should begin,” Ablow explained. “And I would question whether having a stepfather like Michael Brown’s, this man who should be charged with attempting to incite a riot, influenced Michael Brown to lose his life, to have no respect for the property of others, no respect for authority.”
“And therefore, to find himself engaged in a mortal conflict with a law officer — an officer of the law.”
“The fact that he is the stepfather makes him culpable potentially for more than just those words, for the life of Michael Brown,” he concluded.
Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Dev. 3, 2014.