Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga) visited Georgia state Rep. Park Cannon in jail on Thursday after she was arrested for was protesting outside Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s office as he signed a sweeping elections bill that restricts voting access in the state.
“Today is a very sad day for the state of Georgia,” Warnock told reporters Thursday. “What we have witnessed today is a very desperate attempt to lock out and squeeze the people out of their own democracy,” he said.
Sen. Warnock said Cannon– who is a parishioner at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga., where he was senior pastor– is “understandably a bit shaken by what happened to her.”
“She did not deserve this,” he added.
Cannon was forcibly removed from Kemp’s office door by Georgia State troopers on Thursday and dragged through the Capitol and pushing her into a police car. She was charged with obstruction of law enforcement and disrupting General Assembly sessions, according to the Georgia State Patrol and released on bond late Thursday.