Georgia state Rep. Park Cannon (D) was charged with two felonies — felony obstruction and preventing or disrupting general assembly session — because she knocked on Gov. Brian Kemp’s (R) door while he signed SB 202, a bill that will suppress voting, on March 25, reports CNN.
Democracy Now reports “Governor Kemp signed the bill in private, surrounded by six white men“:
The bill grants broad power to state officials to take control of election management from local and county election boards. It also adds new voter ID requirements, severely limits mail ballot drop boxes and rejects ballots cast in the wrong precinct. One provision would even make it a crime to hand out food or water to voters waiting in line at polling places. Voting rights experts say the bill is specifically designed to make it harder for African Americans to vote.
Cannon was taken to Fulton County Jail where she was visited by Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) who slammed the bill signed by Kemp. Warnock’s office said Cannon is a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Warnock has served as senior pastor.
All-white Georgia State Patrolmen arrested Cannon, who is black, in a video that went viral on social media.
The Georgia State Patrol said Cannon was charged with disrupting General Assembly session because she allegedly “knowingly and intentionally did by knocking the governor’s door during session of singing [sic] a bill.”
The white-run Georgia State Patrol also claimed Cannon allegedly “did knowingly and willfully hinder Officer E. Dorval and Officer G. Sanchez of the Capitol PD, a law enforcement officer in the lawful discharge or the officer’s official duties by Use of Threats of Violence, violence to the person of said officer by stomping on LT Langford foot three times during the apprehension and as she was being escorted out of the property. The accused continued on kicking LT Langford with her heels.”