On Thursday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed into law a sweeping package of election rule reforms intended to ensure election integrity.
That signing ceremony was disrupted by protesters outside the governor’s office, including Democratic Georgia state Rep. Park Cannon, who was arrested and charged over the disturbance, Business Insider reported.
Video footage of Cannon’s arrest, which has gone viral on social media, shows the Democratic lawmaker ignoring repeated commands from State Patrol troopers to stop knocking on the governor’s door during the live-streamed ceremony.
Cannon refused the orders, prompting two troopers to take her by the arms, place her in handcuffs, and lead her out of the Capitol building.
Other troopers were also forced to surround their colleagues and the uncooperative lawmaker as protesters demanded to know why she was being arrested, insisted she had done nothing wrong and called for her to be set free.
Video shows Georgia state Rep. Park Cannon (D) @Cannonfor58 being arrested after she attempted to disrupt the democratic process where @GovKemp was signing new legislation into law at the state Capitol. pic.twitter.com/7auHWIh25x
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) March 26, 2021
According to NBC News, Cannon is facing two misdemeanor charges — obstructing law enforcement and preventing or disrupting the General Assembly’s work.
She was warned
Following the arrest, Cannon was transported to Fulton County Jail and was subsequently released a few hours later after posting a $6,000 bond.
Lt. W. Mark Riley, a spokesman for the Georgia State Patrol, said in a statement regarding Cannon’s arrest, “She was advised that she was disturbing what was going on inside and if she did not stop, she would be placed under arrest.”
“Rep. Cannon stepped back for a moment and then stepped back up to the door and started knocking on the door again,” Riley added.
“She was again advised if she did not stop, she would be arrested for obstruction and disturbing the press conference,” he said.