Rep. Moore Arrested During Minimum Wage Protest

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2005, file photo U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore is seen in Milwaukee. Moore is the Democratic candidate opposing Republican Dan Sebring in Wisconsin's 4th Congressional District. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
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Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) was arrested by West Milwaukee police on Thursday as she joined a minimum wage protest in her district.

Twenty-five people have been arrested so far by police during the “Fight for 15” protests in West Milwaukee, according to the local CBS affiliate. The group advocates for raising the minimum wage and has staged protests across the nation on Thursday.

Steven Greenhouse, who covers labor for The New York Times, also tweeted out a picture of Moore’s arrest.

Moore’s office said the reports they had been getting said that she was about to be released. It’s unclear if she would face any charges. Moore spokesman Eric Harris said the reports they had said she engaged in civil disobedience.

“She sat down in a sit-in on the street on Miller Park Way Road and was asked to move,” Harris told TPM. “We do have reports that West Milwaukee police have been appropriate and there have been no complaints that I can confirm as of right now.”

This story was updated.

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  1. Avatar for chammy chammy says:

    Good for her. She’s standing up and being counted!!

  2. Go Gwen! Back when she was in the State Senate and the Wisconsin legislature was ‘debating’ the now unconstitutional gay marriage ban, Moore was a force to be reckoned with, drawing cheers and tears from those of us watching from the gallery. I’ll never forget her courage and leadership in those dark days. She’s a true inspiration. Keep fighting for the greater good.

  3. Avatar for pine pine says:

    Thanks!! CongressLady Moore.

  4. The nerve of the woman…being Black in public. There are laws about that sort of thing…at least…well, I’m sure the police think there are such laws. If you’re “arrested” but never charged doesn’t that constitute false arrest and imprisonment? If she did something wrong she should be charged and allowed to have a trial. If not, she shouldn’t have been arrested in the first place. Are the police afraid they’d look stupid in court? Most likely, because it’s hard to find that Black in Public law on the books.

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