LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Several people were in the street Thursday morning at Broadway and 7th streets in front of McDonald's protesting federal minimum wage, which is currently set at $7.25 an hour.
Lt. Sidney Allen said there were approximately 50 demonstrators, and 11 were arrested for disorderly conduct, but have since been cited and released.
Allen said in an email Thursday afternoon, "Although the demonstration hampered traffic, the demonstrators were cooperative and compliant. Due to their cooperative nature at the time of arrest, they were not handcuffed and were simply escorted to a waiting transport van. No additional charges are expected."
Allen said of those arrested, one was a juvenile, three were from Missouri, one from California, and seven were from Arkansas.
THV11's Marielle Mohs spoke with Toney Orr who is part of the United Labor Union and among the protesters. He said, "They just want an honest days pay, for an honest days work." Orr also says this push to raise the minimum pay is long overdue.
"Now you have full time employees who have to make a living and have to feed a family, and let's face it $7.25, $8.25, $9 an hour, it just won't do it," said Orr.
Little Rock Police Lt. Sidney Allen said, "They have the right to demonstrate, they have the right to protest, and we want to give them that opportunity to do that, but if they're violating any of the city ordinances then we have to go ahead and start taking enforcement action."
The nationwide demonstration, called Strike Fast Food, is calling for a minimum wage increase to $15 and the "right to form a union without retaliation". It was reportedly led by a group named "Fight for 15" from St. Louis. By 9 a.m., police had cleared the area, and the group said they were headed to Memphis for another demonstration.