Georgia Democratic Representative Park Cannon Arrested as Georgia Governor Signs Controversial Voting Bill

A Black Democratic state representative was arrested after knocking on the door of a Republican governor as he was signing a controversial bill on Thursday.

Tamara Stevens posted the incident as it happened on her Facebook page:

According to NBC News, Democratic state Rep. Park Cannon was arrested by Georgia state troopers on Thursday after she was seen knocking on the door to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s statehouse office. The governor was inside signing a controversial elections bill into law in a closed-door ceremony.

Although she identified herself as a legislator, she was forcibly removed and arrested by police officers against the protests of people who were witnessing the incident.

The Black politician took to her Twitter account after she was released from custody.

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Tamara Stevens, who was with Cannon, said, “She knew he was signing a bill that would affect all Georgians—why would he hide behind closed doors? This isn’t a monarchy,” Stevens said. “You have a woman of color fighting for the rights of Georgians and they arrested her for knocking on the door because she wanted to witness our governor sign the bill.”