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State lawmaker arrested for protesting Georgia's elections law won't be charged, lawyer says

April 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Georgia State Rep. Park Cannon, D-Atlanta, walks into the House Chamber of the State Capitol in Atlanta on Monday morning, March 29, 2021 after being arrested last week for knocking on the governor's office door as he signed voting legislation. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)

Georgia state Rep. Park Cannon, who was arrested last month while protesting the state's controversial election law, will not be charged, her lawyer confirmed to CNN on Wednesday.

(CNN)Georgia state Rep. Park Cannon, who was arrested last month while protesting the state's controversial election law, will not be charged, her lawyer confirmed to CNN on Wednesday.

Cannon's lawyer, Gerald Griggs, told CNN that they had learned about the decision through a phone call earlier Wednesday and that receiving the news was "emotional. "

"Facts and evidence showed to the world that Rep. Cannon committed no crime and should not have ever been arrested," Griggs wrote on Twitter.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said she considers the case closed after reviewing the evidence and that she will not be presenting the case to a grand jury.

Cannon reacted to the decision by quoting Griggs' tweet with the hashtag "#KeepKnocking. "

On March 25, Cannon was arrested and removed from the Georgia Capitol after she repeatedly knocked on the door to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp's office during his signing of the controversial elections bill.

She was facing charges of felony obstruction and disrupting General Assembly session, according to an arrest affidavit viewed by CNN.

The arrest affidavit also alleged that Cannon was "stomping" on a Georgia State Patrol officer's foot "three times during the apprehension and as she was being escorted out of the property" and continued kicking the officer with her heels.

"The facts and the evidence, as we know them, are inconsistent with what the allegations are in that report," Griggs told CNN's Don Lemon in an interview last week.

Griggs also told CNN that Cannon's arrest was unlawful under the Georgia State Constitution and that they hoped the district attorney would dismiss the case after reviewing the video and evidence.

Cannon told Lemon that she felt "it was important to be there" to try to witness the bill's signing for transparency reasons.

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