NAACP Leaders Arrested Following Sit-In To Protest Sessions’ AG Nomination

Six people, including the national president and CEO of the NAACP, were arrested Tuesday night after an hours-long sit-in at Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) Mobile, Alabama office.

They were protesting Sessions’ nomination to be President-elect Donald Trump’s attorney general.

NAACP President Cornell William Brooks posted a picture of what he said were mug shots of the six people who were arrested on his Twitter page early Wednesday morning, writing “After the @jeffsessions sit-in, these mugshots aren’t pretty but they’re pictures of @NAACP determination. #RestoreTheVRA & #stopsessions”. reported that, in addition to Brooks, five other people were arrested on charges of second-degree criminal trespassing. The arrestees included Benard Simelton, the president of the NAACP’s Alabama state conference; Devon Crawford, a fellow at the NAACP; Lizzetta McConnell, the president of the NAACP’s Mobile chapter; Stephen Green, the national director of the NAACP’s youth and college division; and Joe Keffer.

According to the same report, about 30 people were participating in the sit-in at Sessions’ office at one point.