Indiana Black Caucus addresses alleged racially-charged attack at Lake Monroe

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Social justice leaders and members of the Indiana Black Caucus held a press conference in Bloomington this morning.

They addressed the recent incidents in Monroe County, including one we’ve been telling you about in which a Black man said he was pinned against a tree by a white man near Lake Monroe on the Fourth of July.

Randy Paul, the Bloomington Green Party’s chair emeritus, said, “We are a community in crisis.”

The organizers of the press conference said they want more aggressive prosecution for those people involved.

Monica James with the Indiana Black Caucus said, “Booker suffered tragedy… When can we breathe as Americans? There are too many knees on the neck. This is America’s problem. We will not stand by and let our country be destroyed by racists or oppressors.”

The victim, Vauhxx Booker, posted about the attack on Facebook.

He said before the camera started rolling, the men were calling for a noose and beating him.

The DNR and the FBI are investigating the case, and the Monroe County prosecutor will review potential charges.

Social justice leaders say with all the social unrest in the world, now is the time to stand up against racism, and they want officials to do whatever it takes to make sure people in the community are safe.

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