Rep. Gwen Moore Arrested During Fast-Food Protest
Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., was arrested Thursday afternoon while protesting with fast-food workers during nationwide strikes to raise the minimum wage.
“I take great pride in supporting Milwaukee workers as they risk arrest in pursuit of a brighter tomorrow for their families,” Moore said in a statement following her arrest.
The protest was part of the national “Fight for 15” campaign, in which fast-food workers in more than 150 cities across the country went on strike to fight to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Moore engaged in a sit-in with an estimated 75 to 100 protesters outside of a McDonald’s in West Milwaukee, Wis. According to the West Milwaukee police department, officers responded around noon to multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting protesters blocking traffic on a parkway.
After West Milwaukee police asked the protesters three times to leave the road they were occupying, police arrested Moore and 26 other protesters who refused to leave and issued them all citations.
“She did not tout that she was a member of Congress,” Moore’s spokesman Eric Harris told CQ Roll Call in a Thursday phone interview, though he noted that people around her pointed out her occupation to police.
According to Harris, Moore and the other protesters were placed in a police truck for about an hour. Moore was then taken to a squad car where she was held for roughly 35 minutes. She and the others arrested received a citation for disturbing the peace. Moore’s citation will cost the congresswoman $691.
In light of the unrest and the shocking police response to protests in Ferguson, Mo., in August, Harris was quick to point out that the police were cordial to the protesters. “The West Milwaukee police were appropriate in how they handled everything,” Harris said. “They handled everything gracefully and appropriately.”