NAACP national leader and colleague arrested for trespassing at Bob Goodlatte's office

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Published: Aug. 8, 2016 at 6:35 PM EDT
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Two members of the NAACP, including the national leader, were charged with trespassing at the office of Congressman Bob Goodlatte according to Roanoke Police.

Many people gathered for a sit-in around 11 a.m. Monday morning. The group first had a speech outside on Franklin Road. About 15 people then entered the Suntrust Building at 10 Franklin Road SE into Goodlatte’s office.

The office closed at 5 p.m. The people in the office were given many opportunities to leave the office without getting charged. Everyone left the building except Cornell Brooks, NAACP president, and Stephen Green, an NAACP colleague. Both were given the opportunity to sign a summons to appear in Roanoke City General District Court and be released, but both refused.

Brooks and Green were arrested for trespassing and taken before the magistrate. Both were charged and released on their own recognizance.

Police attempted to resolve the situation without charging anyone. The group was respectful with law enforcement as well as the Goodlatte staff.