Ga. lawmaker Cannon won't face prosecution for knocking on gov's door during bill signing

The Fulton County district attorney said that while some might have viewed state Rep. Park Cannon's actions as 'annoying,' they weren't criminal.

4/7/2021 10:33:00 PM

Fulton County's district attorney says she will not prosecute state Rep. Park Cannon, who was arrested for knocking on Gov. Kemp's office door last month as he was signing the state's controversial voting bill into law.

The Fulton County district attorney said that while some might have viewed state Rep. Park Cannon's actions as 'annoying,' they weren't criminal.

showed Cannon, who as a lawmaker works at the statehouse, being handcuffed after she knocked on Kemp’s door while calling for the transparency of the bill signing. She was then forcibly removed from the state Capitol by two officers and surrounded by more while repeatedly identifying herself as a legislator.

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The arresting officer, Lt. G.D. Langford of the Georgia State Patrol, said the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was “in the back of my mind” during the incident.In a 13-page incident reportobtained by NBC Newslast week, Langford said he repeatedly asked Cannon to stop knocking on Kemp’s office door during the bill signing, but she persisted. He said that he “noticed the other protestors began to get louder as she was refusing to follow commands,” and “felt that if I did not take action, the other protestors would have been emboldened to commit similar acts.”

Willis said her office's investigation into the incident included"full cooperation from multiple citizen witnesses who were willing to provide in-person interviews about what they witnessed" and evidence from the Capitol police,"who provided statements, video evidence and multiple police reports in an expeditious manner."

Cannon's attorney, Gerald Griggs, told NBC News, “Facts and evidence showed to the world that Rep. Park Cannon committed no crime and should have never been arrested." He suggested his client, who'd been freed on $6,000, was contemplating taking legal action herself.

"We thank the district attorney for her thorough review of the evidence and are weighing our next legal actions,” Griggs said.Cannontold reporters last weekshe wasn't the one who did something criminal."I am facing eight years in prison on unfounded charges," she said."I believe the governor signing into law the most comprehensive voter suppression bill in the country is a far more serious crime."

Blayne AlexanderBlayne Alexander is an NBC News correspondent. Read more: NBC News »

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PROBABLY BECAUSE KNOCKING ON A DOOR IS NOT A CRIME!!!!! Of course, the DA knows it was just a stunt. why not---if we did that he would prosecute us!!!!!!!!!!!!! Correct response .. Smart move Finally someone with a little commonsense. Fuck the fascist Governor to started. Well why not I mean God in Georgia they wouldn't prosecute you for anything unless you were black.

Damn right! Her arrest was a frigging travesty of justice! A DEM prosecute another DEM? .....never happen Good. And an investigation should be conducted into why those officers arrested her in the first place. Knowing about Georgia government----State Attorney General said prosecute---county Attorney General says not--------what can you think next----think the state will try to end the county Attorney General in office ?

Because she has no case. I'm glad someone is sane around there. If she was a white man they would have had the feds taking her in This was an insurrection right? That’s how this works ? Good. Since i8was a BS arrest in the first place. What is there to prosecute Knocking on doors is not a crime. Of course not. How crazy to think she would.

and of course the two white muscle-headed goons wearing police uniforms are above the law. That's great news because they were trying set Georgia back and my thing is if you don't want to do your job LET SOMEONE ELSE DO YOUR JOB She did nothing wrong. Unlawfully restrained it appears. Cue the Georgia GQP crafting legislation to have final say over who gets prosecuted...

🐔💩 Watch the GA legislature try to take control of that process like they did the vote certification process. Georgia Republicans love throwing hissy fits when they lose things. White privilege on steroids! He has nothing to prosecute her for, all she did was knock on the door? I have to wonder if she would prosecute anyone else had they done the same thing.