Sessions talks voting rights, police misconduct with NAACP


Attorney General Jeff Sessions sat down with NAACP leaders at the Justice Department on Friday to discuss voter protections and police misconduct, the group said in a statement.

The meeting with NAACP president and CEO Cornell William Brooks and the group’s general counsel Brad Berry was scheduled by Sessions last month on his first day as the country’s top law enforcement official.

“I told him history is upon us. It will be a civil rights crisis in the next few weeks or months. We’ve been here before and there’s unrest,” Brooks told NBC News in an interview after the meeting.


The civil rights group positioned itself as a fierce opponent of Sessions during his nomination to become the nation’s top law enforcement officer, staging a protest in the former GOP senator’s Alabama office in January.

Civil rights activists and some Democrats feared that Sessions, a staunch conservative, would use his position as attorney general to reverse course on the Obama administration’s push for voting rights protections.

The Trump administration indicated on Monday that it would drop the federal government’s opposition to a controversial Texas voter ID law, that many advocacy groups and lawmakers accused of being discriminatory against minorities.

The NAACP said in its statement after the meeting with Sessions that Brooks told the attorney general that he was disappointed by that decision.

“The vote represents that sacred sacrament of democracy and any attempts to manipulate, suppress or otherwise reduce the integrity of the vote – whether abroad or domestically – represents a direct threat to our democracy,” Brooks said in a statement after the meeting.

The group said Brooks also expressed concerns over Sessions’ announcement on Tuesday that the Justice Department would “pull back” from suing local police departments that have a record of civil rights abuses.

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