Man handcuffed, released during Charlotte Moral Monday protest

by: Jenna Deery Updated:

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CHARLOTTE - Supporters held a Moral Monday protest for higher wages in Marshall Park on Monday.

They held signs and wore colorful shirts, trying to stand out in their cry for better workers’ rights.

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Danielle Hilton rallied with the Moral Monday movement. This Labor Day, their message was about raising wages for labor workers and more inclusions of unions in the workplace.

“We have them to thank for the weekend, for the 40 hour week, overtime protections and so many other laws,” Hilton said.

Protesters quickly changed from rallying for workers’ rights to marching to get a man out of jail.

Witnesses said Ty Turner was putting campaign material on cars when he was handcuffed. Bike patrol officers told Turner he was violating a city ordinance.

Brandy Hamilton shot video of the incident and said Turner asked to see the ordinance when police put him in a cruiser.

“He was just standing strong with his feet planted and they were still forcing him to the police car,” Hamilton said.

About 30 people from the protest marched to the Mecklenburg County Jail, asking for Turner to be released.

Hamilton said the group’s goal was to show unity for rights and for justice, and to let their voices be heard.

Reporter Jenna Deery was told Turner was released from jail and was not charged. Leaders with the NAACP said they are going to be calling on the city’s citizens review board to look over the officers’ actions.