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Georgia Lawmaker Charged With Felony For Protesting Voting Bill Outside Governor's Office
Park Cannon was arrested as she protested the passing of a restrictive voting bill signed into law by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp.
Democratic state Rep. Park Cannon was arrested Thursday at the Georgia State Capitol as she protested the passing of a restrictive voting bill.
\u201cThis is wild. Georgia Rep. Park Cannon was detained by police for knocking on Gov. Brian Kemp\u2019s door. \n\n\u201d— philip lewis (@philip lewis) 1616715825
In a report from NPR, Cannon was arrested and charged with two offenses — felony obstruction of law enforcement and a misdemeanor of preventing or disrupting General Assembly sessions or other meetings of members — after she repeatedly knocked on Gov. Brian Kemp's office door in protest of the governor signing Senate bill 202 into law. The law will limit early and absentee voting, as well as make it a crime for third-party groups to hand out food and water to voters standing in line. Cannon had referred to the bill as "Jim Crow in a suit and tie" on Twitter, adding that "it selectively removes all of the levers trump was unable to pull to overturn the will of the people of Georgia."
\u201cMake no mistake, there's nothing new or novel about what #SB202 aims to do. It's Jim Crow in a suit and tie.\n\nIn fact, it selectively removes all of the levers trump was unable to pull to overturn the will of the people of Georgia. \n\nhttps://t.co/pUahTpqVmr\u201d— Representative Park Cannon (@Representative Park Cannon) 1616687225
In a separate report from the Washington Post, an activist who recorded Cannon's arrest recounted the incident.
"A capitol officer came over and said, 'Don’t knock on my door,' and she’s like, 'Well, are they in there signing the bill?' and he’s like, 'Don’t knock on the door.' And it was at that point that I started filming," Tamara Stevens said.
Images of the arrest also surfaced on social media.
\u201cRep. @Cannonfor58 is arrested and lead out of the Georgia State Capitol building by GA State Troopers after being asked to stop knocking on a door that lead to Gov. Brian Kemp's office, while Gov. Kemp was signing #SB202 behind closed doors in #Atlanta #gapol\u201d— Alyssa Pointer-Whitfield \ud83e\udd84 (@Alyssa Pointer-Whitfield \ud83e\udd84) 1616723470
Cannon shared an update on Twitter following the arrest, tweeting: "Hey everyone, thank you for your support. I’ve been released from jail. I am not the first Georgian to be arrested for fighting voter suppression. I’d love to say I’m the last, but we know that isn’t true."
\u201cHey everyone, thank you for your support. I\u2019ve been released from jail. I am not the first Georgian to be arrested for fighting voter suppression. I\u2019d love to say I\u2019m the last, but we know that isn\u2019t true. #SB202\u201d— Representative Park Cannon (@Representative Park Cannon) 1616732890