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NAACP President Arrested After Voting Access Protest in GOP Rep's Office

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NAACP President Cornell Williams Brooks. (AP Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 09 Aug 2016 11:49 AM

NAACP President Cornell Williams Brooks was arrested Monday after he spent hours protesting at the district office of a Virginia congressman.

Brooks and roughly 20 activists staged a sit-in at the Roanoke, Va. office of Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte. According to NBC News, the protest ended six hours later with Brooks' arrest. He was charged with trespassing.

In an NAACP press release, Brooks said Americans need to "hold our elected leaders responsible" for what the group feels are wrongs in voting accessibility.

"We've seen a Machiavellian frenzy of voter suppression in states that have worked deliberately and creatively to make it harder for young people, college students, minorities to vote for the candidate and party of their choice on Nov. 8," Brooks said.

"With the fate of our national moral character at stake, we must hold our elected leaders responsible to act to uphold the constitutional rights guaranteed for all citizens to vote and participate in our democracy."

Brooks called on Goodlatte to give support to bolstering the Voting Rights Act "if discrimination could be shown. Six courts and six states have revealed such discrimination."

A Roanoke Times reporter captured the group on video sitting inside Goodlatte's office:

 

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