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Videos of Georgia State Rep. Park Cannon’s Arrest Watched Over 4 Million Times

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Video footage of a Georgia state representative being arrested after knocking on the door of the governor’s office have gone viral on social media.

Democratic Rep. Park Cannon, a Black woman, was arrested on Thursday after knocking on the door of the governor’s office during a press conference about a new bill designed to overhaul elections in the state.

Cannon was looking to watch Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, sign the Senate Bill 202.

She was twice warned that she would be arrested if she did not stop by police but continued to and was apprehended.

The state lawmaker was charged with two felonies, one for allegedly “preventing or disrupting General Assembly sessions or other meetings of members” and one for willful obstruction, her arrest record shows.

She was released from Fulton County Jail on Thursday night. A crowd outside chanted “We stand with Park!” as she left.

In one video, which was viewed about 2.1 million views at time of publication, shows the lawmaker being man handled police with a number of people watching, many of which are shouting at the officers surrounding Cannon and questioning her arrest.

“Why are you arresting her? What did she do?” one woman asks.

This is insane: Georgia Dem rep @Cannonfor58 was arrested for trying to watch Brian Kemp sign new voter suppression bill. Look at how she is treated by police. This is straight out of Jim Crow pic.twitter.com/zRpMWumbkQ

— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) March 25, 2021

Later in the video, another woman said: “Are you are telling me that you arrested a standing state representative for nothing? She didn’t do anything but knock on the governor’s door. I’m tired, I’m so tired. Protect and serve who? Protect and serve who? Protect and serve the Georgians, because she knocked on the door?”

Another viral video shows the lawmaker knocking on the door of the governor’s office before being grabbed by the arms by two officers and handcuffed.

“Why does the governor have more power than a representative? Why are you arresting her?”, a woman is heard saying in the video

“Why are you arresting her?” This Facebook Live video from @TWareStevens shows the moment authorities detained state Rep. Park Cannon as @GovKemp was behind those doors signing elections restrictions into law. #gapol pic.twitter.com/U1xMJ6tZrY

— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) March 25, 2021

The new bill was passed along party lines by Georgia’s General Assembly with votes of 100-75 in the House and 34-20 in the Senate about an hour before Kemp signed it.

It limits absentee ballots and early voting, restricts ballot drop boxes and imposes tough new voter ID requirements. It also allows the state, currently controlled by Republicans, to take over county election boards that the state deems problematic.

Georgia, a longtime red state, was taken by the Democrats in the presidential election last year.

In the 6 January runoff, the Democrats flipped two Senate seats, giving the party overall control of the upper house.

The state was previously blue nearly three decades ago in 1992. Former Georgia Rep. Stacey Abrams has been credited with helping the Democrats win the Peach state last November—due to her tireless campaigning to boost turnout and quell voter suppression.

“I am not the first Georgian to be arrested for fighting voter suppression. I’d love to say I’m the last, but we know that isn’t true,” Cannon tweeted early on Friday.

Hey everyone, thank you for your support. I’ve been released from jail. I am not the first Georgian to be arrested for fighting voter suppression. I’d love to say I’m the last, but we know that isn’t true. #SB202

— Representative Park Cannon (@Cannonfor58) March 26, 2021

“Who — and what — are they protecting when they work this hard to suppress our vote?” she added.

Last month, former Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) formed a new group aiming to increase GOP turnout in Georgia in the 2022 elections.

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