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NAACP Leaders Arrested After Protesting Jeff Sessions as Attorney General Nominee


The group staged a sit-in Tuesday at the senator's Mobile, Alabama, office.

Activists with the NAACP were arrested Tuesday following their sit-in protest at the Alabama office of Sen. Jeff Sessions.

The group of six protesters, including NAACP President Cornell Brooks, were arrested at Sessions's office in Mobile, Alabama, after arriving earlier in the day, according to CNN. The protesters said they would remain until Sessions put aside his nomination to be attorney general under the Trump administration or they were arrested.

"In the midst of rampant voter suppression, this nominee has failed to acknowledge the reality of voter suppression while pretending to believe in the myth of voter fraud," Brooks said.

The protesters face charges of criminal trespassing.

The senator from Alabama has been no friend to civil rights issues involving LGBT people, voting in favor of "don't ask, don't tell" and favoring a constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality.

Related: The Trump Administration Poses a Serious Threat to LGBT Rights. Here's Why.

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