According to The Bloomingtonian, Vauhxx Booker, a prominent civil rights activist in Bloomington and a member of the Monroe County Human Rights Commission, said he was “assaulted, injured and threatened with a noose by a group of men on public property near the shore of Lake Monroe on Saturday the 4th of July.”

  • Booker said he was “pinned to a tree, and a group of men threatened to break his arms, and made the statement ‘get a noose,’ while telling Booker’s companions to leave the area. Booker said the individuals, who had Confederate flags, and made statements about ‘white power’ claimed he and his companions had trespassed on private property,” The Bloomingtonian reported.
  • Booker called 911 after being assaulted, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) came to the scene, but refused to arrest his attackers, the report said.
  • Booker posted about the assault on Facebook, along with videos of the attackers during the incident.

“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,” Booker wrote. “I was diagnosed with a minor concussion, some abrasions, bruising, and some ripped out hair patches,” he told the Bloomingtonian.

The Bloomingtonian reached out to the DNR for comment, and received the following response:

“The Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division can confirm our officers responded to this call for service. The incident is under investigation and the final report will be forwarded to the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Officer upon completion.”

Read the full report here.