The Better Government Association stands with more than 50 organizations that signed a statement calling on public officials to protect journalists and demonstrators reacting to the death of George Floyd in an encounter with Minneapolis police.

The statement, authored by the National Coalition Against Censorship, also applauds citizen journalists who have used their cell phones to document abuse by police.

“Americans need to see what is happening in their streets,” the statement says. “They want to know why people are protesting.  Journalists must be free to report so the rest of us can feel the pain and anger of people who are tired of injustice.”

You can read the complete statement here.