Bloomington, Ind. – A Black man in Monroe County Indiana was allegedly the victim of an attempted lynching on July 4th. Vauhxx Rush Booker, a member of the Monroe County Human Rights Commission and a human rights activist, posted video of the incident on his Facebook page.
Booker says he was assaulted, injured and threatened with a noose by several white men near Lake Monroe on Saturday.
“I don’t want to recount this, but I was almost the victim of an attempted lynching. I don’t want this to have happened to me or anyone. It hurts my soul, and my pride, but there are multiple witnesses and it can’t be hidden or avoided,” he posted on his Facebook account.
“At one point during the attack one of the men jumped on my neck. I could feel both his feet and his full bodyweight land hard against my neck,” he continued. “The attackers told the growing group, “we’re going to break his arms” (while literally attempting to bend my arms behind me) and then stated to the members of their party several times to, “get a noose”, amongst some other choice slurs.”
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was called, but according to Booker, did nothing.
“DNR refused to arrest any of these individuals, even with multiple the witnesses several who filmed the event and collaborated our accounts. Instead the officers stated they contacted the Prosecutor’s office who relayed there was no immediate need to arrest anyone, and that the officers would simply file a report.”
The men in the video have been identified and people are being urged to call DNR & the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office to call for their arrest.