Politics Lawmaker arrested for knocking on governor's door urges Americans to 'keep knocking'
Georgia district attorney won't prosecute state legislator arrested for interrupting election bill signing
A Georgia district attorney will not pursue charges against a state legislator arrested for knocking on the governor’s door during a signing ceremony for a controversial voting bill. © Provided by Washington Examiner Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis considers the matter of Rep. Park Cannon’s March 25 arrest closed after conducting multiple interviews with people involved in the incident. “After reviewing all of the evidence, I have decided to close this matter. It will not be presented to a grand jury for consideration of indictment, and it is now closed,” she said on Wednesday.
, the Democrat who was arrested for knocking on Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's door as he signed the state's voting bill, says she will "keep knocking."
"I ask you, Georgia, to keep knocking," Cannon said at a news conference Thursday outside the state capitol in Atlanta. "America, keep knocking. All of the marginalized people, keep knocking."
On March 25, Cannon repeatedly knocked on Kemp's office door at the statehouse while he gave remarks after signing into lawfollowing the results of the 2020 that flipped the traditionally red state to blue.
Officer who arrested Georgia lawmaker says he feared repeat of Capitol riot
The officer who arrested a Georgia state lawmaker after she repeatedly knocked on Gov. Brian Kemp's (R) door on Thursday said the incident reminded him of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol."The events of January 6, 2021 at the U.S. Capitol were in the back of my mind," the officer, Lt. G.D. Langford, said in an incident report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution."I didn't want the protestors to attempt to gain entry into a secure part of the Capitol," Langford continued. "I believed Cannon's actions of obstructing law enforcement in front of agitated protestors to constitute a breach of the peace.
Cannon was put in handcuffs and forcibly removed from the statehouse.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis
Willis said, "While some of Representative 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."
Cannon on Thursday thanked Willis and the district attorney's office "for the thorough and complete investigation of the facts... that led to the dismissal of the felony charges that I faced."
Democrats move reparations bill out of committee in historic vote
On Wednesday, Democrats in the House Judiciary Committee voted to recommend the creation of a commission to consider reparations for the Black descendants of U.S. slaves. First introduced in Congress in 1989 by the late Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, H.R. 40 had never made it out of committee until this week. “This legislation is long overdue,” Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., the Judiciary Committee chairman, said Wednesday. “H.R. 40 is intended to begin a national conversation about how to confront the brutal mistreatment of African Americans during chattel slavery, Jim Crow segregation and the enduring structural racism that remains endemic to our society today.” Rep.
"The joy that I feel for the dismissal of the charges I face is tempered by the fact that I should have never been arrested," she said.
Cannon said she knocked that day so Kemp would see the disappointment on her face.
"I knocked on the door where my colleagues had gathered," she said. "I wanted to be in the room."
"I was not disruptive. I was persistent," she said.
Cannon said Thursday, by signing the law, "Brian Kemp began to dismantle everything Black people in America have achieved, earned and worked for since arriving to the Savannah port."
"We should not sit quietly while white men behind closed doors work to preserve their white power and white privilege," she said, calling the law "one of the most racist pieces of legislation in my lifetime."
A pair of 'pro-police' GOP bills in Missouri draw scrutiny from free speech advocates
Republican lawmakers in Missouri are looking to pass two bills this month that they say better protect both residents and law enforcement officers from “violent protesters.” Missouri state Senate bills S.B. 26 and S.B. 66 aim to expand penalties for protesters obstructing traffic or vandalizing monuments and make it harder to cut police budgets, among other things. “Coupled together, this legislation will ironically and rightfully bring on more protests as we continually and indefensibly fail to hold bad officers accountable and ignore those voices in the streets fighting for civil rights,” Sara Baker, policy director of the ACLU of Missouri, told Yahoo News.
Democrats say the sweeping overhaul of Georgia's election code will make it harder for minorities to vote and imposes unnecessary restrictions, including preventing anyone but poll workers to give food and water to voters waiting in line. Long lines are especially common in the Atlanta metro area.
President Joe Biden echoed voting rights advocates, calling the bill "Jim Crow in the 21st century."
But Republicans have claimed it expands voter access in the state, for example, by adding a second mandatory Saturday of early voting for primary and general elections.
Republicans said the bill was necessary, in part, because of diminished trust in Georgia's elections. Kemp has said the law will make it "easy to vote and hard to cheat." But there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in Georgia's November or January elections.
Cannon also said she wants to make sure residents understand the new voting rules.
"Until we have changed the new law, we must understand the new law," she said.
ABC News' Quinn Scanlan and Julia Jacobo contributed to this report.
Woman says Gov. Cuomo forcibly kissed her cheeks in 2017 .
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York woman said Monday that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo grabbed her face and kissed her cheek at her home during a visit to inspect local flood damage, becoming the latest woman to accuse the embattled governor of inappropriate behavior. Sherry Vill made the allegations during a Zoom news conference with attorney Gloria Allred, describing a spring 2017 visit to her Rochester-area home after flooding near Lake Ontario. Cuomo kissed both of her cheeks in front of family members while inspecting her flood-damaged home in what Vill felt was a “highly sexual manner.