Georgia Rep. Park Cannon was “shocked” and injured after being “dragged” out of the Capitol in handcuffs and arrested on March 25 for knocking on the door of Republican Governor Brian Kemp while he was drafting a controversial bill Signing election restrictions, her lawyer said in an interview.
Cannon is resting and spending time with family after the “violent” arrest, her attorney Gerald Griggs said Tuesday. Griggs added that Cannon hopes to drop the crime charges against her: obstructing law enforcement and preventing or disturbing the General Assembly.
“We communicate with the prosecutor and provide witnesses and videos showing what actually happened. We hope the prosecutor will dismiss the charges,” Griggs said. “After that there is the possibility of litigation. This could range from a violation of civil rights to a violation of your duties as an elected civil servant.”
Griggs said Cannon, who is black, often watched the governor, in her role as lawmaker, sign bills in his office. The video of the arrest showed two Georgia State Patrol officers handcuffing Cannon after knocking on Kemp’s door to demand transparency as he signed the restrictive electoral law in a closed ceremony. She was quickly surrounded by more officials as she identified herself as a lawmaker and asked why she was arrested.
She was taken to Fulton County Jail and later released on a $ 6,000 bond, said Griggs, who is also vice president of the NAACP Atlanta office.
“She wasn’t belligerent,” Griggs said of Cannon. “She just wanted to witness the attempt to withdraw the right to vote from a large majority of Georgian citizens – especially the black and brown Georgian citizens. She would have only seen the signing, it would not have been disruptive.”
Griggs said Cannon sustained injuries and her team was working to “determine the extent of those injuries.”
Police said Cannon “knocked” on the governor’s office door before going to the governor’s ceremonial office door, which was marked with a “Governor’s Staff Only” sign. Police said they warned Cannon twice not to knock or they would be arrested, but Cannon refused.
One of the arrest officers, Lt. GD Langford, in a 13-page incident report for NBC News, wrote that the January 6th Capitol riot was “in the back of my mind” during the incident.
However, Griggs said Cannon did nothing out of the ordinary that day. “Most signatures in Georgia are open to lawmakers and sometimes to the public. I don’t know why they were turned down,” he said. With that, Griggs added, Cannon doesn’t think she did anything wrong.
“She’s been thinking about what happened. She was preparing for the upcoming law days. She appreciates all supporters,” Griggs said. “She is focused on fighting for voting and civil rights and making sure she works for social justice. She feels like standing up in the spirit of her ancestors to fight for the right that many have fought for and for that many died and there were many. ” beaten and bloody for. “
Georgia law is passed among many Republican-controlled lawmakers looking to enforce tough electoral law following former President Donald Trump’s loss. Georgian law adds severe restrictions to the state’s electoral process, including requiring an ID card to be voted through by mail and illegal distribution of food and water to upcoming voters. Georgia Republicans have called such laws “electoral integrity laws,” but activists point out that these laws appeal to black voters.
As a result, activists have worked to fight the bill. Civil rights groups have filed at least three appeals against the law, asking the courts to determine whether the law is unlawful discrimination.
“These provisions will affect all Georgian voters,” the ACLU says in a lawsuit filed on behalf of several organizations that involve minority voters. especially black voters “
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