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Protestors from the NAACP were arrested during a sit-in at Jeff Sessions' Alabama office


UPDATE: Jan. 3 at 8:49 p.m. 

Protestors with the NAACP, including its national president Cornell William Brooks, were arrested Tuesday night while holding a sit-in at Sen. Jeff Sessions' (R-Ala.) office. 

USA Today reports that NAACP Youth and College National Director Stephen Green was also arrested.

A NAACP video on social media appears to show the protesters being taken into custody.

Original Story

The president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and members of its Mobile, Alabama branch are holding a sit-in at Sen. Jeff Sessions' (R-Ala.) office to protest his nomination for attorney general. 

Group members say they will remain in the office until Sessions agrees to withdraw his name from consideration for the Cabinet position or until they are arrested. 

The NAACP also planned protests at Sessions’ district offices in Huntsville, Mobile, Dothan, Birmingham and Montgomery, according to multiple news reports. 

"Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions is among the worst possible nominees to serve as Attorney General amidst some of the worst times for civil rights in recent memory," NAACP President Cornell William Brooks said in a statement

The statement went on to list several accusations against Sessions' civil rights record, stemming from concerns that were raised during his 1986 Senate confirmation hearing when he was nominated for a federal judgeship.

The nomination failed after Sessions was accused of making several racially charged remarks, including saying the Klu Klux Klan was "O.K." until he learned that members smoked weed. He was also accused of calling the NAACP "un-American" and "Communist-inspired." 

Brooks told CNN the NAACP does not believe Sessions will address voter suppression. 

The NAACP also cited concerns over Sessions' record as a U.S. attorney in Alabama. Black critics of Sessions have accused him of heavily pursuing voter fraud cases against people of color while ignoring similar cases against white people. 

In its statement, the NAACP said Sessions received an F grade from the NAACP every year he was a senator since 1996. It also blasted him for supporting “stop and frisk” programs and giving police forces access to surplus military equipment.

Sessions' supporters say he was wrongly accused and fell victim to a smear campaign in the 1980s by those seeking to derail his nomination. 

"Jeff Sessions has dedicated his career to upholding the rule of law, ensuring public safety and prosecuting government corruption," said Sarah Isgur Flores, a spokeswoman for Sessions' confirmation. 

She added that many African-American leaders who personally know Sessions strongly support him and dismissed the NAACP's "false portrayals" of him. 

Sessions' supporters have also pointed to a case were he successfully sought the death penalty for KKK member Henry Francis Hays in the murder case of a black Alabama man. 

"From the Fraternal Order of Police and the National Sheriffs Association to civil rights leaders and African-American elected officials, to victims’ rights organizations, Senator Sessions has inspired confidence from people across the country that he will return the Department of Justice to an agency the American people can be proud of once again," Isgur Flores said. 


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