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 can dramatically restrict entry to voting for communities of coloration.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported that Cannon, a Black girl who has served within the Georgia House of Representatives since 2016, was detained by Georgia State Patrol officers after she tried to witness the signing of the regulation. The Republican-led Georgia legislature handed the measure on Thursday, which can impose new identification necessities on those that vote by mail, restrict using drop containers for absentee ballots and make it unlawful for voting teams to present meals or water to individuals 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 beneath arrest.
In an announcement, the Georgia State Patrol mentioned 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 advised that she was disturbing what was going on inside and if she did not stop, she would be placed under arrest,” the company mentioned in an announcement.
Cannon was arrested and brought to Fulton County Jail, the place she was charged with two offenses: felony obstruction of regulation enforcement and a misdemeanor of stopping or disrupting General Assembly classes or different conferences of members.
HuffPost reached out to Cannon, nevertheless it’s unclear if she continues to be being detained.
“She was doing her job as an elected official,” state Rep. Erica Thomas (D) instructed the Journal-Constitution after the arrest. “She was asking where the governor was and where the bill was being signed.”
Fair Fight Action, the voting rights group based by former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, mentioned the day was a reminder of the state’s “dark past.”
This just isn’t the primary time Kemp has been embroiled in controversy over the arrest of elected officers. In 2010, the state authorities, working beneath Kemp’s authority, arrested 12 Black girls who gained seats in a faculty board election and charged them with 120 felonies.
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