Georgia state troopers arrested state Rep. Park Cannon (D-Atlanta) on Thursday as she knocked on Gov. Brian Kemp’s door, interrupting his live-streamed announcement that he had signed an elections bill into law, reports AJC.
Video of the arrest shows white officers forcibly removing the Black lawmaker from the building, dragging her through the Capitol and pushing her into a police car.
Cannon was with several other protesters when she knocked on Kemp’s office door, saying the public should be allowed to witness the announcement of the bill signing.
The sweeping legislation signed by Kemp requires ID for absentee ballots, limits drop boxes and changes early voting hours.
Tamara Stevens said she wasn’t being disrespectful or causing a disturbance.
“She knew he was signing a bill that would affect all Georgians — why would he hide behind closed doors? This isn’t a monarchy,” Stevens said. “You have a women of color fighting for the rights of Georgians and they arrested her for knocking on the door because she wanted to witness our governor sign the bill.”
— stephen fowler (@stphnfwlr) March 25, 2021
Said Stevens, who is at the jail w/ Cannon now: "She wasn’t banging on the door. She was knocking on the door. She was being respectful. She knew he was signing a bill that would affect all Georgians – why would he hide behind closed doors? This isn’t a monarchy." #gapol
— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) March 25, 2021
— Gerald A. Griggs (@AttorneyGriggs) March 25, 2021