Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has spoken out on the calamity in Ferguson, Missouri, expressing sorrow for the death of Michael Brown and supporting an end to the violence.
Cruz wrote the following in a Thursday Facebook post:
The Saturday shooting death of Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by a police officer led to vast unrest within Ferguson that included looting and vandalism. As mostly peaceful protesters have gathered in the days since the shooting, heavily armed SWAT teams have used tear gas, smoke bombs and rubber bullets on them.
On Wednesday, The Huffington Post's Ryan J. Reilly and The Washington Post's Wesley Lowery were assaulted and arrested by police in a local McDonald's, as they were complying with orders to leave the fast-food joint. Antonio French, a St. Louis alderman, was also among those arrested on Wednesday night.
Reilly, Lowery and French have all since been released from jail.
Read a statement responding to the reporters' arrests from HuffPost's Washington, D.C., Bureau Chief Ryan Grim here.
President Barack Obama released a statement on Tuesday regarding Brown's death. Obama was at a Martha's Vineyard birthday party on Wednesday as the chaos continued, though he was briefed on the matter.
See more updates on the situation in Ferguson below:
08/26/2014 7:49 AM EDT
The Toll On Michael Brown's Family
USA Today's Yamiche Alcindor provides an intimate look at how Michael Brown's parents have been dealing with the loss of their son:
Phones constantly ring with reporters asking for interviews or family members offering support. Last week, as demands reached a tipping point, both parents moved into hotels to shield themselves.
In the days leading up to the funeral, Brown's mother continued to cry and spoke in whispers as she tried to explain her feelings.
"They say tomorrow is going to be the hardest day, but I think today was — just seeing my baby laying there, cold," Lesley McSpadden, 34, told USA TODAY. "It did something to my heart. It's too much. It's too much."
08/26/2014 7:44 AM EDT
New Audio Allegedly Captures Moment Michael Brown Was Shot
New audio has surfaced that allegedly captures the moment when Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot dead by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, on Aug. 9.
CNN aired the unverified recording on Monday night. Six shots can be heard, followed by a pause, then several more. A private autopsy performed on Aug. 17 at the request of Brown's family found that the 18-year-old was shot 6 times, including twice in the head.
08/25/2014 12:58 PM EDT
Al Sharpton: America, It's Time To Deal With Policing
08/25/2014 12:53 PM EDT
Al Sharpton: All Of Us Are Required To Respond
Rev. Al Sharpton: All of us are required to respond to this #MikeBrownfuneral— HuffPost BlackVoices (@blackvoices) August 25, 2014
08/25/2014 12:48 PM EDT
Benjamin Crump: We Will Not Accept Three-Fifths Justice For Michael Brown
08/25/2014 12:28 PM EDT
Funeral Program Includes Tribute From Michael Brown's Parents
USA Today reporter, Yamiche Alcindor shares photo of program which includes tributes to Michael Brown from his mother and father
08/25/2014 12:22 PM EDT
Michael Brown's Stepmother: He Prophesied His Own Death
Stepmother of #MichaelBrown said the late teen "pretty much prophesied his own death and didn't realize it."— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) August 25, 2014