Fulton DA will not prosecute Rep. Park Cannon over Georgia voting law arrest

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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis says she won’t prosecute state Rep. Park Cannon after the lawmaker was arrested for knocking on Gov. Brian Kemp's door during the signing of Georgia's controversial new voting law.

State police arrested Cannon, a Democrat who represents Atlanta, after she said she wanted to see Kemp sign the law that places new restrictions on voting by mail and gives lawmakers more power to oversee elections.

Cannon was charged with obstruction of law enforcement and disruption of the General Assembly. She was released from jail late Thursday.

A state police spokesman said Cannon knocked on the door to the public lobby of the governor’s office, and then shifted to knocking on a door to a private area.

"She was advised that she was disturbing what was going on inside and if she did not stop, she would be placed under arrest," Lt. W. Mark Riley wrote in a statement.

On Thursday, Willis said that she decided to close the case after reviewing the evidence provided by in-person interviews with citizen witnesses and the "statements, video evidence, and multiple police reports" from the Capitol Police.

"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," Willis said.

Cannon had faced two felony charges and up to eight years in prison.

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