Several NAACP protesters were arrested Tuesday at the Mobile, Ala., office of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), where they had been staging a sit-in to protest his nomination as President-elect Donald Trump’s attorney general.
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Six people, including NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks were arrested, AL.com reported following a tweet from Brooks.
The building manager has requested that we leave. And the police have just arrived. We are about to be arrested. @NAACP
— Cornell Wm. Brooks (@CornellWBrooks) January 4, 2017
According to reports, the protest started with about 30 protesters, some of whom left Tuesday afternoon before arrests were made around 7 p.m.
Those arrested include Alabama State Conference President Benard Simelton; Humanity in Action Fellow Devon Crawford; the President of the NAACP’s Mobile chapter Lizzetta McConnell; National Director of the Youth and College Division of NAACP Stephen Green; and Joe Keffer.
The Alabama Republican’s nomination has earned backlash from Democrats and outside groups, who have questioned if he would be able to apply the law equally to all Americans. Accusations that Sessions made racist comments when he was a U.S. attorney in Alabama sunk his 1986 nomination to serve as a federal judge. He and his aides have denied the allegations.
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