Viral videos depicting a group of white men allegedly assaulting a Black man in an Indiana park on the Fourth of July has caught the attention of Indiana investigators who are seeking more answers and community leaders who are seeking justice. Vauhxx Rush Booker of Bloomington, Indiana, posted a video on his Facebook of his confrontation in Lake Monroe, where the alleged attackers are seen cursing and using racial epithets against him. A bystander who came to Booker's aid also filmed the incident and the video showed several white men pin a Black man to a tree with his arms behind him, while several other people shouted for the alleged attackers to let him go. Booker, an activist who is on the Monroe County Human Rights Commission according to his Facebooktold ABC News that he suffered a minor concussion, ripped hair and some abrasions, and that he was grateful that his friends and bystanders came to his aid. Booker told ABC News that the incident took place when he and his friend were on their way to an organized event to view the lunar eclipse on Saturday. While he and a friend were walking on a path, they encountered a white man with "an oversized hat with a confederate flag print on it.
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The department's law enforcement division is now working with the Monroe County Prosecutor's office "to ensure a lawful resolution," the statement said. In an accompanying post, Mr Booker wrote that he was pinned to a tree and beaten near Lake Monroe. In a statement, Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton condemned the incident, in which he said Mr Booker was "physically assaulted and denounced and threatened with racial epithets". According to Mr Booker, a local civil rights activist and member of the Monroe County Human Rights Commission, he and his friends had gathered to watch the lunar eclipse at Lake Monroe when they encountered a man donning a hat with a Confederate flag print who told them they were on private property.
He suffered a concussion as a result of the attack, he wrote.
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Two of the men allegedly jumped Mr Booker from behind and knocked him to the ground before three others ed. These alleged comments were not captured in the posted video footage. As the peaceful protest was drawing to a close, a speeding vehicle struck at least one person.
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According to Mr Booker, these bystanders were able to get the attackers off him, though they continued to shout racial slurs. Viral video of the incident shared by Vauhxx Booker shows a man on all fours, held down by a white man as onlookers shout for him to be released.
In a statement, the Department of Natural Resources confirmed it received a call regarding a battery "on private property adjacent to Monroe Reservoir property". The prosecutor's office did not immediately return a request for comment.
What's changed since George Floyd's death? Later on, when Mr Booker and his friends approached the man and his group to "smooth things over", the interaction "quickly became aggressive", he wrote.
More on this story. Agents eventually reported to the park but made no arrests.
The mayor said he was "reaching out" to the law enforcement and the Monroe County Prosecutor regarding the encounter, although the city does not have jurisdiction over the investigation. Authorities in the US state of Indiana are investigating allegations that a group of white men attacked and attempted to "lynch" a black man at a 4 July weekend gathering. While bystanders shouted for the assailants to release him, Mr Booker said the men said they would "break his arms" before saying "get a noose".