Police arrest NAACP members protesting in Sessions's office

Several NAACP protesters were arrested Tuesday at the Mobile, Ala., office of Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsBiden picks vocal Trump critics to lead immigration agencies The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings Biden administration should resist 'slush-fund' settlements MORE (R-Ala.), where they had been staging a sit-in to protest his selection as President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Illinois House passes bill that would mandate Asian-American history lessons in schools Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he MORE's attorney general.

Six people, including NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks, were arrested, AL.com reported following a tweet from Brooks.

According to reports, the protest started with about 30 protesters, some of whom left Tuesday afternoon before arrests were made around 7 p.m. 

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Those arrested include Alabama State Conference President Benard Simelton; Humanity in Action fellow Devon Crawford; the President of the NAACP's Mobile chapter, Lizzetta McConnell; National Director of the Youth and College Division of NAACP Stephen Green; and Joe Keffer.

The Alabama Republican's nomination has earned backlash from Democrats and outside groups, who have questioned if he would be able to apply the law equally to all Americans. Accusations that Sessions made racist comments when he was a U.S. attorney in Alabama sunk his 1986 nomination to serve as a federal judge. He and his aides have denied the allegations.

Sessions spokeswoman Sarah Flores said in a statement that the senator "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," according to NBC News.

Brooks had tweeted earlier in the day that the NAACP would protest in Sessions's office until the candidate stepped down or they were arrested.

According to AL.com, all six were charged with second-degree criminal trespassing. McConnell has a court date set for Jan. 30, the outlet reported, citing Mobile County jail records.