Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) lately denounced the arrest of Georgia Democratic state Rep. Park Cannon, who was charged with felony obstruction of regulation enforcement after she knocked on the workplace door of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) on Thursday as he signed sweeping new voting restrictions into regulation.
Warnock, the senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church, the place Cannon is a member, praised the state consultant on Twitter for protesting the invoice and talking “fact to energy, even within the face of unjust arrest.”
“All the time prepared to face alongside you and get into some good hassle,” he added in a reference to the late Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.).
Cannon was amongst others protesting the extensively decried laws exterior of Kemp’s workplace on the state Capitol on Thursday. She had tried to witness the signing of the invoice and Kemp’s subsequent remarks, however the doorways to the governor’s workplace had been closed, the Atlanta Journal-Structure reported.
Movies posted on-line present Cannon knocking on a door to Kemp’s workplace earlier than two state law enforcement officials handcuffed her after which pulled her by means of the state Capitol constructing whereas she was restrained. It’s unclear within the video what the state trooper guarding Kemp’s workplace stated to Cannon earlier than he handcuffed her.
“She was suggested that she was disturbing what was happening inside and if she didn’t cease, she can be positioned beneath arrest,” the Georgia State Patrol stated in an announcement on Thursday.
Tamara Stevens, who filmed the video, advised The Washington Put up that Cannon “wasn’t banging on the door” to Kemp’s workplace.
“A capitol officer came visiting and stated, ‘Don’t knock on my door,’ and he or she’s like, ‘Nicely, are they in there signing the invoice?’ and he’s like, ‘Don’t knock on the door.’ And it was at that time that I began filming,” she stated.
In a single video, Cannon may be heard asking the officers as she’s pressured by means of the constructing, “Why am I beneath arrest? There isn’t any motive for me to be arrested, I’m a legislator.”
Cannon was taken to jail, the place she was charged with felony obstruction of regulation enforcement and with stopping or disrupting Basic Meeting classes or different conferences of members.
She was launched late Thursday and tweeted early Friday morning that she was “not the primary Georgian to be arrested for preventing voter suppression.”
Warnock, who visited Cannon on the Fulton County Jail when she was detained, told reporters exterior the power Thursday night time that it was a “very unhappy day for the state of Georgia.”
“What we have now witnessed at this time is a determined try to lock out and squeeze the folks out of their very own democracy,” he stated. “And on this effort, on this case, they’re actually being locked down.”
He later added that Cannon is “an impressive public servant.”
“We’re praying for her, we’re praying for her household, however we’re praying additionally for Georgia, and for the soul of our democracy,” he stated.
Cannon posted a Twitter thread recounting her expertise and slamming the brand new invoice early Friday morning.
“I’m grateful that my pastor @ReverendWarnock & group held witness and prayed for me, my household & our state,” she wrote, partially.
She printed a statement on social media afterward Friday thanking supporters for his or her love and help.
“I’ll proceed to struggle for the rights of Georgians from far and extensive, however at this time I ask for privateness for myself and my household as I heal from this expertise, in order that I’ll proceed this struggle once more,” she wrote.
Voting rights teams have criticized Georgia’s new regulation for imposing extra limitations on mail-in voting, new voter identification necessities for voting by mail, giving the state legislature extra management over election administration and making it against the law to supply meals or water to folks in line to vote, amongst different provisions.
On Thursday, voting rights activist Stacey Abrams tweeted that the brand new invoice “suppresses voters, criminalizes compassion and represents a large energy seize of election authority from native and state officers.”
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