Prosecutor: Rep. Park Cannon won’t be charged for election protest

By: Alyssa Wilson

Representative Park Cannon will not face criminal charges related to her arrest during a protest of Georgia’s new election law. 

According to WSB-TV, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said the case is closed. 

“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,” Willis said. 

Cannon was arrested in March after knocking on the door of Governor Brian Kemp’s office during a televised speaking engagement about SB 202. 

RELATED: ‘Black people are under attack’: GA Governor signs voter suppression bill 

According to CNN, the passage of SB 202:

  • Limits access to voting drop boxes
  • Makes giving food or drinks to voters a misdemeanor crime
  • Allows for unlimited challenges to voter registrations and eligibility
  • Sets up a fraud hotline 
  • Requires counties to keep counting ballots without a break

Critics of the bill have referred to it as “Jim Crow 2.0” and as a result, the state of Georgia has lost business, including the 2021 MLB All-Star Game, which will now be held in Colorado. 

RELATED: 2021 MLB All-Star Game moved to Denver after game pulled from Atlanta 

Cannon was charged with obstruction of law enforcement and disruption of the General Assembly. Her attorney said she should have never been arrested. 

“Facts and evidence show that Park Cannon committed no crime and should never have been arrested. We are weighing our next legal options.” 

 

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