Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday defended reporters arrested while covering the protests in Ferguson, Mo.
“Reporters should never be detained — a free press is too important — simply for doing their jobs,” he said in a statement on Facebook.
Cruz also called for an end of violence in Ferguson.
“Together, we should all mourn the loss of life in Ferguson, Missouri and work to keep our communities safe and free. Police officers risk their lives every day to keep us safe, and any time a young man loses his life in a confrontation with law enforcement, it is tragic,” he said.
“Civil liberties must be protected, but violence is not the answer. Once the unrest is brought to an end, we should examine carefully what happened to ensure that justice is served,” Cruz concluded.