To be fair, I bet that they weren’t even real protestors. There were probably some paid hamburglars in that crowd!
A civil rights lawsuit has been filed against police in Memphis, Tennessee on Wednesday. The suit alleges that police conducted illegal surveillance and harassment against a local chapter of Fight for $15. Fight for $15, for those of you who don’t know, is an organization of mostly fast-food workers who are campaigning for raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
The police’s response to this lawsuit: the president of McDonalds told them it was okay
The Guardian reports: Officers followed organizers home after meetings, ordered workers not to sign petitions and blacklisted organizers from city hall, according to the suit. They claimed to have been authorized by McDonald’s, the world’s largest fast food chain, and in one incident a McDonald’s franchisee joined police in tailing protesters.
The suit alleges that a campaign of harassment began after Memphis workers participated in a nationwide day of protest on 4 September 2014. Since then, police officers have repeatedly threatened workers with arrest during protests, at one point telling them they had “authorization from the president of McDonald’s to make arrests”. On “multiple occasions” officers “seemed to take direction from McDonald’s”, the complaint charges.
Neither McDonalds nor the Memphis mayor was available/willing to comment. I don’t think they have to, either! Union busting is a tradition as American as apple pie and racism! How can honest, multibillion dollar, globe spanning corporations expect to survive if they don’t crack down on these protests?
Worse: if the protestors win and the minimum wage does go up, that will only mean that Big Macs become more expensive! That won’t do at all! I fully support the police, here! Crack whatever heads you have to, just don’t let the price of my cheeseburger go up two bucks!