Indiana officials investigate report of assault on Black man

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These screen grabs from a Facebook post by Vauhxx Booker shows part of an altercation off Lake Monroe on Saturday, July 6, 2020. (Vauhxx Booker via Facebook)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP/WANE) — A Black man says a group of white men assaulted him and threatened to “get a noose” after claiming that he and his friends had trespassed on private property as they gathered at an Indiana lake over the Fourth of July weekend.

Vauhxx Booker is a local civil rights activist and member of the Monroe County Human Rights Commission. He posted cellphone video on Facebook that shows part of the altercation.

He said he called 911 Saturday after the men assaulted him and pinned him to a tree at Lake Monroe, south of Booker’s hometown of Bloomington.

Law enforcement officers with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources are investigating.

Late Monday afternoon The DNR Divison of Law Enforcement issued the following news release regarding the investigation:

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division responded to a call for service regarding a battery on July 4, 2020 at approximately 8 p.m. on private property adjacent to Monroe Reservoir property. DNR is investigating after a 911 call was transferred to Indiana Conservation Officer Central Dispatch.  Additional investigation and interviews are underway. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division is working diligently with the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office to ensure a lawful resolution.  This matter remains under investigation and no further information will be released at this time.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Law Enforcement

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