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Congresswoman Gwen Moore arrested at minimum wage rally in Milwaukee

U.S. Representative Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) (Photo By U.S. Congress (http://gwenmoore.house.gov/official-portrait/) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons).
U.S. Representative Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) (Photo By U.S. Congress (http://gwenmoore.house.gov/official-portrait/) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons).

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - U.S. House Democrat Gwen Moore was arrested Thursday at a rally in Milwaukee where three dozen demonstrators called for a higher minimum wage.

Her office spokesman Eric Harris said Moore was hauled away by West Milwaukee Police for blocking traffic outside a McDonald's on Miller Park Way near the Brewers' baseball stadium.

The rally's organizers, Wisconsin Jobs Now, said 27 fast food employees were also arrested. There was no immediate word on what happened when Moore got to police headquarters.

The group tweeted a photo of Moore being handcuffed with a yellow zip tie, because her arm was in a sling after she broke her elbow in a fall last week.

Moore has been a long-time supporter of the group's call to have fast food workers make $15 an hour -- and have the right to unionize with harassment.

In a statement, Moore said she took "great pride in supporting Milwaukee workers as they risk arrest in pursuit of a brighter tomorrow for their families."

Milwaukee, Madison, and Wausau were among the 150 U.S. cities where minimum wage rallies were scheduled for Thursday.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)