A photo taken from the video footage captured at Lake Monroe.
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DNR Investigating Possible Racist Attack At Lake Monroe

MONROE COUNTY, Ind. — The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is investigating after an alleged racist attack on July 4.

Vauhxx Booker, a member of the Monroe County Human Rights Commission, was attending a lunar eclipse viewing party at Lake Monroe that day with some friends.

While he was there, five white men approached and began claiming they were trespassing. Booker then learned that the party organizer was not the property owner.

Booker tried to calm the situation, but instead, a group began following him down a trail. He was then jumped from behind.

According to Booker, five people piled onto him and pinned him against a tree. One person yelled “get a noose”, while someone else yelled “white power”, said Booker.

Multiple videos of a fight and a few arguments went viral in a Facebook post Booker made July 4.

According to Booker, no one was arrested.

In a statement, Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton and City Clerk Nicole Bolden said the actions of the people in the video deserve “collective condemnation”.

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