Politics

NAACP Sits in at Sessions' Mobile Office

Organization’s president says Sessions ‘can’t be trusted to be the chief law enforcement officer’

The NAACP is actively opposing Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., for attorney general. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The NAACP staged a sit-in at Sen. Jeff Sessions office in Mobile, Ala., saying it will stay he withdraws his nomination to be Attorney General or the group is arrested.

The NAACP planned protests at Sessions’ district offices in Huntsville, Mobile, Dothan, Birmingham, and Montgomery.

Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO of the organization, previously called Sessions “among the worst possible nominees to serve amidst some of the worst possible times for civil rights in recent memory.”

“As a matter of conscience and conviction, we can neither be mute nor mumble our opposition to Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions becoming Attorney General of the United States,” Brooks said. “Senator 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.”

An NAACP statement cited accusations from Sessions’ 1986 Senate confirmation hearings over his nomination for a federal judgeship when he was accused of making a number of racially insensitive remarks. At the time, a witness said Sessions called the NAACP “Communist inspired.”

The organization’s press release said Sessions received an F grade from the NAACP every year he was a senator since 1996. It also cited his support for “stop and frisk” programs and giving police forces access to surplus military equipment.

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