The Fulton County district attorney said Wednesday that she won’t prosecute state Rep. Park Cannon (D) who was arrested last month after she knocked on Gov. Brian Kemp’s state office door as he was signing a new bill that restricts voting access, Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
“While some of Rep. Cannon’s colleagues and the police officers involved may have found her behavior annoying, such sentiment does not justify a presentment to a grand jury of the allegations in the arrest warrants or any other felony charges,” District Attorney Fani Willis said.
Cannon was arrested and charged with obstruction of law enforcement and disrupting General Assembly sessions. Video shows officers pulling her out of the Capitol in handcuffs.
Georgia State Patrol said she was warned repeatedly to stop knocking on Gov. Kemp’s door, but she refused.
“She was advised that she was disturbing what was going on inside and if she did not stop, she would be placed under arrest,” said GSP spokesman Lt. W. Mark Riley, according to AJC. “Rep. Cannon refused to stop knocking on the door.”
Lt. G.D. Langford of the Georgia State Patrol told AJC he arrested the lawmaker because he was worried about a possible repeat of the deadly January 6 insurrection at the Capitol. But witnesses said there was no attempt to “breach” the office.