WATCH: Civil Rights Activist Escapes Attempted Lynching — Says Officials Refused To Arrest Assailants
Vauhxx Booker says he and friends were camping and attempting to watch the lunar eclipse on July 4 when they were accosted by a man in a confederate flag hat. The man and a group of others proceeded to harass Booker and his friends, shouting racial attacks and eventually actually grabbing and physically attacking Booker, pinning and beating him and shouting, “Get a noose!” before Booker escaped.
According to Raw Story, this was Booker’s description of the attack:
The five were able to easily overwhelm me and got me to the ground and dragged me pinning my body against a tree as they began pounding on my head and ripped off some of my hair, with several of them still on top of my body holding me down,” Booker wrote. “They held me pinned and continued beating me for several minutes seemingly become more and more enraged as they kept trying to seriously injure me and failing. 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.
The video below contains language and gestures that may offend some viewers, as well as violence. View with caution.
According to the Bloomingtonian, Vauhxx Booker is a prominent civil rights activist in the area. He and members of his group began recording the incident, and the video above documents much of it.
Booker says that when he reported the incident, law enforcement officers refused to act. After being contacted by the media, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources released a statement saying that they are still investigating.