U.S. Capitol Police arrested Francys Johnson, a Statesboro, Georgia based civil rights attorney, on Thursday, July 22 as he protested for voting rights in Washington D.C. outside the Hart Senate Office.
Johnson was arrested along with United States Congressman Hank Johnson and other men participating in Black Voters Matter Fund’s “Brothers Day of Action”.
U.S. Capitol Police took Francys Johnson, Congressman Hank Johnson and the others into custody for demonstrating without a permit and blocking the entrance to the building. They were all bonded out after being processed and posting bail.
Grice Connect reached out to Johnson for further comment. At the time this story was published, we had not received a response from Francys Johnson.
A few hours prior front of the U.S. Supreme Court Johnson and other speakers urged Congress to reform the filibuster and pave the way for two new federal voting laws.
These new laws will give new standards for early voting and automatic voter registration, campaign finance transparency rules, limits to partisan gerrymandering and ethics guidelines for federal lawmakers. They will also reinstate federal review of voting law changes in states with a history of discriminatory practices.
“Today, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) was arrested along with a group of Black male voting rights activists protesting against Senate inaction on voting rights legislation and filibuster reform,” a post on Hank Johnson’s Facebook page reads.
“It was also in response to voter suppression bills and laws throughout the county, including Georgia, that target students, the elderly and people of color. In the spirit of his dear friend and mentor – the late Congressman John Lewis – Rep. Johnson was getting in “good trouble” fighting for and protecting civil and voting rights for all Americans.”