The Fulton County prosecutor said on Wednesday she would not prosecute the Georgian lawmaker arrested for knocking on the door of Gov. Brian Kemp’s office last month as he signed the controversial voting bill of the State.
“After reviewing all the evidence, I have decided to close this case,” District Attorney Fani Willis said of the investigation into State Representative Park Cannon.
“Although some of Representative Cannon’s colleagues and the police officers involved may have found his behavior annoying, such sentiment does not warrant a grand jury presentation of the allegations contained in the arrest warrants or any other felony charge,” Willis said in a statement. .
Cannon has been charged with obstructing law enforcement and disrupting the General Assembly, both crimes, while trying to oppose Kemp’s signing of the bill that President Joe Biden has called “Jim Crow 2.0”.
Video of the incident showed Cannon, who as a lawmaker works at the Statehouse, was handcuffed after knocking on Kemp’s door while calling for transparency in the signing of the bill. She was then forcibly evicted from the State Capitol by two officers and surrounded by others while repeatedly identifying herself as a lawmaker.
Arresting officer Lt. GD Langford of the Georgia State Patrol said the Jan.6 attack on the United States Capitol was “on my mind” during the incident. .
In a 13-page incident report obtained by NBC News last week, Langford said he repeatedly asked Cannon to stop knocking on Kemp’s office door when signing the bill. , but she persisted. He said he “noticed that the other protesters started to get louder as she refused to follow orders,” and “felt that if I did not act, the other protesters would have been encouraged to do so. similar acts. “
Willis said his office’s investigation of the incident included “the full cooperation of several citizen witnesses who were prepared to provide in-person interviews on what they had witnessed” and evidence from the Capitol Police. ” who delivered statements, video evidence and several reports in an expeditious manner. “
Cannon’s attorney, Gerald Griggs, told NBC News: “Facts and evidence have shown the world that Representative Park Cannon has committed no crime and should never have been arrested.” legal action itself.
“We thank the district attorney for his thorough review of the evidence and assess our future legal actions,” Griggs said.
Cannon told reporters last week she was not the one who did something criminal.
“I risk eight years in prison for unfounded charges,” she said. “I believe the governor who enacted the most comprehensive voter suppression law in the land is a far more serious crime.”