Charges dropped for Georgia senator, 14 more arrested at Capitol

Published: Jun. 10, 2019 at 9:22 PM EDT
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By: Associated Press

June 10, 2019

ATLANTA (AP) -- Charges have been dropped against a Georgia state senator and 14 others arrested while protesting at the state Capitol.

Sen. Nikema Williams of Atlanta is also chairwoman of the state Democratic Party. She was arrested Nov. 13 while calling for uncounted ballots from the Nov. 6 election to be tallied.

The election included the closely watched race for governor between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp, who won.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the cases were dismissed late last week.

Cobb County Solicitor General Barry Morgan said he won't prosecute Williams because of First Amendment concerns.

Williams said she is considering suing Capitol Police over her arrest.

Authorities said then that the demonstration was cleared after multiple warnings because rules prohibit chanting or yelling while the legislature is in session.

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