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ATLANTA (AP) — Allies of a Democratic lawmaker arrested last week during a protest of Georgia's new Republican-backed election law are strongly pushing back on a police report that compares the lawmaker knocking on the door of the governor's office to the violent storming of the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob in January.
Democratic Rep. Park Cannon was arrested Thursday after she said she wanted to see GOP Gov. Brian Kemp sign the legislation, which adds new restrictions on mail voting, into law. Cannon was charged with obstruction of law enforcement and disruption of the General Assembly and was released from jail later that evening.
Attorney for Georgia lawmaker calls charges 'overreach'
ATLANTA (AP) — An attorney for a Georgia lawmaker who was charged with two felonies after knocking on the door to the governor's private office said authorities overreached in the case, which unfolded while the governor spoke on live television about a sweeping overhaul of state elections. State police arrested state Rep. Park Cannon, an Atlanta Democrat, on Thursday after she said she wanted to see Republican Gov. Brian Kemp sign the law that places new restrictions on voting by mail and gives lawmakers more power to oversee elections. © Provided by Associated Press State Rep.
Lt. G.D. Langford said in an incident report that Cannon was knocking on the door of the governor’s office and would not stop when approach by troopers.
Raphael Warnock Urges Americans to 'Stand Up' to Georgia Voting Law Change
Georgia lawmaker told MSNBC that all Americans should be concerned about new laws in his state which will tighten voter rules.The law passed by Georgia's GOP-majority legislature creates stricter ID requirements for absentee voting limits drop boxes and makes it a crime to offer food and water to people lining up to cast their ballot.
“I felt that if I did not take action, the other protesters would have been emboldened to commit similar acts,” the incident report says. “The events of January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol were in the back of my mind. I didn’t want the protesters to attempt to gain entry into a secure part of the Capitol.”
Other Democratic lawmakers say that comparison is a stretch.
“They weren’t threatened by a possible insurrection of someone smaller than me with no weapons and no raised voice,” tweeted Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick. “They were threatened by a black woman. Period. Full stop.”
Gerald Griggs, an attorney representing Cannon, said “it’s unfortunate that that phraseology was used by the Capitol police.”
“My review of the evidence, witnesses and video, even though it’s preliminary, is that many of the facts as laid out in that police report are inconsistent with the actual facts of what happened,” Griggs said.
Raphael Warnock REFUSES to oppose calls to boycott Georgia-based firms
Senator Raphael Warnock on Sunday declined to oppose calls by Black Lives Matter activists to boycott Georgia-based corporations for not taking a position against the state's new voting law.The Democratic senator was asked about calls by local activists to boycott Atlanta-based firms like the Coca-Cola Company, Home Depot, UPS, Arbys, and Delta Airlines.
A federal lawsuit filed Monday — the third challenging the new law since it was signed last week — challenges multiple aspects of the law. Those include the ban on providing food and drink to people waiting in line to vote, new identification requirements for requesting and casting an absentee ballot and a reduction in early voting days for runoff elections, among others.
“This law is voter suppression plain and simple,” Sophia Lakin, deputy director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, said during a video news conference. She said the law is aimed at making it harder for historically disenfranchised minority communities to have a voice in democracy.
“It’s an absolutely shameful response to the historic participation by these communities in the last election cycle,” she said.
The new law violates the Voting Rights Act and infringes on Georgia voters’ constitutional rights, the lawsuit says.
Voting Restrictions Aren’t the Primary Threat to U.S. Democracy .
The GOP is better at denying Democratic voters equal representation than it is at denying them access to the ballot.Less than six decades ago, Georgia was an authoritarian white ethno-state. At that time — and for the bulk of the state’s post-emancipation history — the preferred political party of white Georgians subordinated democracy to racial hierarchy by enacting facially neutral voting laws that disenfranchised virtually all of the state’s African Americans.