Ted Cruz Speaks Out On Ferguson, Defends Arrested Reporters

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."

Read the rest at USA Today.

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.

Read the rest here.

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

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

08/25/2014 12:16 PM EDT

Michael Brown Had Been Dreaming About Death

08/25/2014 11:57 AM EDT

Program For The Funeral

08/25/2014 11:14 AM EDT

Public Still Trying To Get Inside Church