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How Media Should Cover Ferguson Grand Jury Announcement But Probably Won't

Pastor Calls Out Focus on Riots, Dismissal of Real Issues

Ferguson, MO – St. Louis County is bracing for the grand jury announcement in the killing of Ferguson teen Michael Brown at the hands of Officer Darren Wilson. The media has focused on the threat of violent protests, looting and rioting across the county, but there's been little discussion of the root of the problem -- poverty, as well as the dehumanization and disenfranchisement of communities of color. Rev. Michael McBride, director of PICO National Network's LIVE FREE Campaign, is available to talk about the pending grand jury announcement, and how it is critical to address the root of the problem, not just in Ferguson but in communities like it across the United States.

"What is happening in Ferguson is bigger than the killing of Michael Brown and is reflective of a justice system that is systemically racist," McBride said. "It paints a clear picture of how our nation and its judicial system dehumanize and devalue the lives of people of color. As a person of faith who stands on God's word to love God and each other, I will not stand for the dehumanization of black and brown life. I will not tolerate fear mongering by politicians who make it their business to protect a broken criminal justice system that continues to prey on and oppress the poor and disenfranchised."

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