Georgia State Democrat Park Cannon came into the spotlight this week after she was arrested at the state house while knocking on the door of Governor Brian Kemp’s office while signing a controversial election bill.
A dramatic video showed the Georgia District 58 state congresswoman being dragged away by police on Thursday.
“They told him there was no one in the main office and to stop banging on the door,” officers wrote in a statement after the arrest, according to FOX 5 of Atlanta.
She was booked into prison on charges of obstructing the application of the law and preventing or interrupting General Assembly sessions or other meetings. The obstruction charge carries a possible penalty of one to five years in prison, FOX 5 reported.
Cannon was released shortly before 11:30 pm EDT and was greeted by protesters who had called for her release.
Cannon’s arrest sparked outrage from Democrats. “I think anyone who has seen that video would have been deeply concerned,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told a news conference on Friday. “The biggest concern here, obviously beyond her being dealt with in the matter that she was, is the law that was implemented.”
DEM OF STATE OF GEORGIA ARRESTED BY KEMP SIGNS ELECTION LAW
“I’m with Georgia State Rep. Park Cannon (@ Cannonfor58), who was arrested and charged with a felony for … why? “wrote Senator Jon Ossoff, Democrat of Georgia, on Twitter. Signing ceremony behind closed doors of the voter suppression law.”
“Arresting a sitting member of a legislative body, while in session, for knocking on the governor’s door is insane and completely unacceptable,” Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minnesota, tweeted. “Are there laws against knocking on the governor’s door in Georgia? Why is she actually being arrested?”
Cannon was released from jail around 11:30 pm on Friday.
“Hello everyone, thank you for your support. I have been released from jail. I am not the first Georgian to be arrested for fighting voter suppression. I would love to say that I am the last, but we know I am not.” t true. # SB202“Cannon wrote on Twitter.
“And make no mistake, when I say hate, I mean white supremacy. The closed-door signing of # SB202 and the senseless murder of #AAPI Georgians are both products of a white supremacist system. Different tactics, same goal: fear and control, ”he continued.
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The bill in question requires state-issued identification to request an absentee ballot and limits mailboxes for early voting periods, requiring them to be placed in early voting locations and only available while the precinct is open. It prohibits outside groups from distributing food and water to voters waiting in line at the polls and allows the state to take over county elections or remove local election officials.