Georgia Lawmaker Charged With Felony For Knocking On Gov. Brian Kemp’s Office Door
Written by Black Voices on March 25, 2021
Georgia state Rep. Park Cannon (D) was arrested and charged with felony obstruction on Thursday evening after she protested the signing of a restrictive new invoice that may dramatically restrict entry to voting for communities of coloration.
The Atlanta Journal-Structure first reported that Cannon, a Black lady who has served within the Georgia Home of Representatives since 2016, was detained by Georgia State Patrol officers after she tried to witness the signing of the legislation. The Republican-led Georgia legislature handed the measure on Thursday, which is able to impose new identification necessities on those that vote by mail, restrict the usage of drop containers for absentee ballots and make it unlawful for voting teams to present meals or water to folks standing in line to forged their ballots.
Clips from a live-streamed video present Cannon knocking on the door of Gov. Brian Kemp’s (R) workplace after talking with Georgia State Patrol officers. The officers then place her below arrest.
Cannon stated late Thursday she had been launched from jail, including she was “not the primary Georgian to be arrested for preventing voter suppression.”
“I’d like to say I’m the final, however we all know that isn’t true,” Cannon wrote on Twitter. “However sometime quickly that final particular person will step out of jail for the final time and breathe a primary breath understanding that nobody can be jailed once more for preventing for the best to vote.”
In a press release, the Georgia State Patrol stated Cannon was “beating on the door” to the governor’s workplace and had been warned a number of instances that she ought to cease.
“She was suggested that she was disturbing what was happening inside and if she didn’t cease, she could be positioned below arrest,” the company stated in a press release.
Cannon was arrested and brought to Fulton County Jail, the place she was charged with two offenses: felony obstruction of legislation enforcement and a misdemeanor of stopping or disrupting Basic Meeting periods or different conferences of members.
“She was doing her job as an elected official,” state Rep. Erica Thomas (D) instructed the Journal-Structure after the arrest. “She was asking the place the governor was and the place the invoice was being signed.”
Truthful Combat Motion, the voting rights group based by former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, stated the day was a reminder of the state’s “darkish previous.”
This isn’t the primary time Kemp has been embroiled in controversy over the arrest of elected officers. In 2010, the state authorities, working below Kemp’s authority, arrested 12 Black ladies who received seats in a faculty board election and charged them with 120 felonies.
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