BLOOMINGTON, Ind.– Vauhxx Booker, a local civil rights activist and member of the Monroe County Human Rights Commission, and his attorneys held a press conference Friday to provide an update on an incident where he was allegedly attacked in a racially-motivated incident.
No arrests have been made thus far in connection with the incident, which happened over the Fourth of July weekend. The FBI is investigating the incident as a potential hate crime.
“It’s been a week since Vauhxx Booker was pinned against a tree and threatened to be hung from a noose and lynched, yet there are still are no arrests. There is a systematic delay in justice for Black people across our nation,” his attorneys said in a release. “Enough is enough. We are calling for a Grand Jury to speed up this process and end the shameful postponements. Black Lives Matter!”
Over the Fourth of July weekend, Booker 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 at Lake Monroe in Monroe County.
It was caught on camera by several groups and a Facebook post about the incident has gone viral. He wrote in his post that the people in the video said some other “choice slurs” in addition to threatening him with a noose. They also allegedly threatened to break his arms.
On Friday, Booker called for the U.S. District of Southern Indiana to convene a grand jury for this case.
“There’s been too much feet dragging,” he said. “It’s become necessary that the government steps in.”
He said the event that happened a week ago still feels like it’s going on due to the legal system’s inaction.
“Justice can be delayed, but it can’t be denied,” Booker said.
Booker also noted that Gov. Eric Holcomb has not spoken to him.
“If I was donating to his campaign, I’m sure I would have heard from him days ago,” Booker said.
He said officials had enough evidence the night of the attack to make arrests, but they didn’t.
“These individuals would have never targeted me if they thought they’d be held accountable,” he said. “The people who are victimized shouldn’t be the ones who are afraid.”