CLAYTON, MO (KTVI)- Michael Brown’s cousin, Ty Pruitt, spoke exclusively to CNN Tuesday about the situation in Ferguson.
Pruitt and other Brown family members have expressed support for people who have peacefully protested for Michael Brown and against a justice system they say treats Black Americans unfairly.
However, Pruitt had some strong words for people who have acted violently.
He called the violence “disgusting,” and said there was no excuse for “burning buildings and police cars.”
He said Gov. Jay Nixon and St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch are “co conspirators” in the violence.
He questioned how Gov. Nixon used the National Guard, and he criticized McCulloch for announcing the grand jury decision at night.
Pruitt said that the police investigation and grand jury process were “botched.”
Pruitt also addressed claims that Brown’s step-father Louis Head incited some of the violence by yelling “Burn this expletive down” after the grand jury decision was announced.
He called it a moment of “temporary insanity” caused by the pain of learning that Darren Wilson would not be charged for shooting Brown to death.
Police are investigating the incident.
Statement from Louis Head given to CNN:
Michael Brown’s stepfather has apologized for making controversial comments on the night authorities announced a police officer wouldn’t be indicted in Brown’s death, but says to blame him solely for conditions in Ferguson after the grand jury decision “goes way too far and is as wrong as the decision itself.” He said this in a statement obtained by CNN’s Don Lemon.