Police handcuff some Detroit fast-food protesters

Police handcuff protesters blocking traffic on Mack Avenue in Detroit as part of a national protest to push fast-food chains to pay their employees at least $15 an hour Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Police handcuff protesters blocking traffic on Mack Avenue in Detroit as part of a national protest to push fast-food chains to pay their employees at least $15 an hour Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

DETROIT (AP) — Police have ticketed two-dozen protesters who blocked traffic at a McDonald’s restaurant in Detroit as part of a national demonstration to push fast-food chains to pay their employees at least $15 an hour.

About 100 protesters marched through the parking lot of an east-side McDonald’s before dawn Thursday, shouting slogans and clogging the drive-thru lane. Some sat in the street, and officers handcuffed those who wouldn’t move.

Detroit police say they ticketed 24 protesters for disorderly conduct and released them. Police say they arrested six on outstanding traffic warrants.

Twenty-year-old Kaya Moody works at a McDonald’s elsewhere in the city and recently had her pay upped to $8.15 an hour. Moody marched with the others.

The single mother says $15 an hour would let her pay her bills on time.

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