A district attorney in Atlanta said Wednesday that she will not pursue charges against a Georgia state lawmaker who was arrested during a protest of the state’s sweeping new election law.
“After reviewing all of the evidence, I have decided to close this matter,” Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said in an emailed statement. “It will not be presented to a grand jury for consideration of indictment, and it is now closed.”
“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.”
Rep. Park Cannon, a Democrat from Atlanta, was arrested March 25 after she knocked on the door to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s office while he was on live television speaking about the voting bill he had just signed into law. Cell phone video of state Cannon’s arrest went viral nationwide
Police charged her with obstruction of law enforcement and disruption of the General Assembly. She was released from jail later that evening.
Cannon’s attorney Gerald Griggs spoke with reporters shortly after learning about Willis’ decision to close the case.
“I think it was the right decision. We provided facts and evidences, witnesses and video to the district attorney showing our position in this case. The facts and evidence we believe are with us and we are satisfied with her decision,” Griggs said.