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Six NAACP protesters arrested after occupying Sen. Jeff Sessions’ office in Alabama

Six NAACP demonstrators were arrested after occupying the Mobile office of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, calling for him to turn down his controversial nomination to become the next U.S. Attorney General.  More than a dozen protesters entered the office around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Benard Simelton, president of the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP, told the Daily News from Sessions’ office.

"Our objective is certainly to stop his nomination," Simelton said, "but our objective is also to get out the word to people in power to stop it."

NAACP President Cornell William Brooks was among those sitting in Sessions’ office, and said at 7:30 p.m. that he and his fellow protesters were about to be arrested after the building manager requested that they leave.

The sit-in was one of several Sessions protests the NAACP organized around Alabama on Tuesday, one week before he faces a Senate confirmation hearing for his new post on Jan. 10.
Birmingham NAACP head Hezekiah Jackson lead a demonstration there after a press conference where he said the group had no faith in Sessions.

"We have found no evidence of his ability, past or present, to be impartial and unbiased as the chief law enforcement officer of the United States of America, especially in the areas of civil rights, voting rights and equal protection under the law," Jackson said.

Sessions was not in his Mobile office. Reps there refused to answer questions and referred The News to Sessions’ Washington, D.C. office, which did not answer calls.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Sessions’ hearing should be delayed because the senator submitted more than 150,000 pages of material for review, but appeared to put it together “in haste” and still left his file “incomplete.”

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