Six NAACP members were arrested Tuesday for protesting President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) for the position of attorney general.
According to AL.com, the sit-in protest began at Sessions’ Mobile, Alabama office with approximately 30 protesters, but most left before officers started making arrests at around 7 p.m.
Among the six arrested were NAACP president and CEO, Cornell William Brooks; Alabama State Conference president, Benard Simelton; Humanity in Action fellow, Devon Crawford; president of the NAACP’s Mobile chapter, Lizzetta McConnell; national director of the Youth and College Division of NAACP, Stephen Green; and Joe Keffer.
In a statement, Brooks said Sessions “can’t be trusted” as attorney general because of accusations that he’s racist and won’t apply the rule of law equally to all Americans:
“As a matter of conscience and conviction, we can neither be mute nor mumble our opposition to Sen. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions becoming attorney general of the United States.”
“Sen. Sessions has callously ignored the reality of voter suppression but zealously prosecuted innocent civil rights leaders on trumped up charges of voter fraud. As an opponent of the vote, he can’t be trusted to be the chief law enforcement officer for voting rights.”
Sessions’ spokeswoman Sarah Flores countered Brooks and said the following in a statement:
“Jeff Sessions has dedicated his career to upholding the rule of law, ensuring public safety and prosecuting government corruption. Many African-American leaders who’ve known him for decades attest to this and have welcomed his nomination to be the next Attorney General. These false portrayals of Senator Sessions will fail as tired, recycled, hyperbolic charges that have been thoroughly rebuked and discredited. 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.”
According to AL.com, the six arrested at the protest were charged with second-degree criminal trespassing.
A video of the arrests being made can be seen below:
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