A black man in Indiana says he feared he was about to be lynched during a heated Fourth of July encounter with a group of white men, after they pinned him to a tree.
Vauhxx Rush Booker wrote on Facebook that he was walking with a friend Saturday to watch a lunar eclipse near Lake Monroe when he was confronted by a man in a Confederate flag hat who appeared to be intoxicated.
The man followed them in an ATV and told them they were on private property, Booker claimed, who told the man he believed he had permission to cross, but later found out who granted permission “wasn’t the actual property owner.”
As he and his friend were leaving, Booker said they encountered several more white men who “quickly became aggressive” and asked them to take a different route.
Moments later, the men attacked him from behind, knocking him to the ground, Booker said.
Booker added that one of the alleged perpetrators jumped on his neck, using what felt like “his full body weight.”
Other people who heard the confrontation tried to intervene as the alleged attackers told them, “we’re going to break his arms,” while instructing their pals to “get a noose,” Booker wrote.
Booker said the Indiana Department of Natural Resources responded to the scene, but they “refused to arrest any of these individuals.”
The agency confirmed the incident is under investigation and that a final report has yet to be released.