The FBI has launched an investigation into a reported assault that took place in Indiana over Independence Day weekend.
Local Civil Rights activist Vauhxx Booker was travelling alongside a lake in southern Indiana when he encountered a group of white men. During the encounter, Booker’s cellphone recording appears to show the men pinning him against a tree as they yell racial slurs at him. One man can clearly be heard yelling, “Get a noose.”
“I’m sad that this happened, honestly,” Booker said at a news conference.
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“I just wanted to have a good time with some friends,” Booker added.
Booker’s attorney Katherine Liell said that the FBI is questioning witnesses and charges could be coming soon.
“We want this investigated as a hate crime. It was clearly racially motivated,” Liell said.
“We will continue our quest every day until some justice is served,” she continued.
Furthermore, Liell has raised concerns as to why the men involved in the incident were not arrested at the scene. She also feels that the officers involved “did not move rapidly enough” initially.