Democratic Georgia Rep. Park Cannon has been detained after trying to stop Georgia Governor Brian Kemp from signing an election integrity bill.
Rep. Cannon attempted to confront the governor Thursday night and was arrested by Georgia police. Watch:
NOW – Democratic Rep. Park Cannon being detained inside Georgia's Capitol while trying to knock on Gov. Kemp's door.pic.twitter.com/07VZawfeeI
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“The Governor is signing a bill that affects all Georgians,” one bystander shouted. “Why is he doing it in private and why is he keeping elected officials, who are representing us, out of the process?” she asked.
“You said you were going to give her one more time, like you are going to do something?” a witness said to the police offier.
Apparently, the police officer wasn’t fooling around. He detained the GA. State Rep. for pressing forward with her inappropriate antics.
“Are you serious?” one of the witnesses shouted. “She’s not under arrest.”
“Under arrest for what?” they asked while the officers put Cannon’s hands behind her back and took her away from the door.
Here is Rep. Cannon being led away by police:
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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a landmark election integrity bill on Thursday.
According to Axios, the legislation overhauls the election system and implements the following measures: “Cut the time period voters have to request absentee ballots and impose new identification requirements; make it easier for state officials to take over local elections boards; limit the use of ballot drop boxes; allow challenges to voting eligibility; and [r]eplace the elected secretary of state as the chair of the state election board with a new appointee of the legislature after Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger rebuffed [former President] Trump’s attempts to overturn Georgia’s election results.”
Those with Rep. Cannon were quick to accuse the police of racism. Tamara Stevens, who was with Cannon, claimed 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.”
It is unclear why Cannon needed to witness the governor do the job that the people of Georgia elected him to do.
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