Monroe County prosecutor to weigh possible charges in case described as “attempted lynching” by target of assault

According to deputy prosecutor Jeff Kehr, the Monroe County prosecutor’s office will be reviewing reports from the Indiana Conservation Officers (ICO) about an “attempted lynching” at Lake Monroe on July 4. The ICO is law enforcement division of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

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Facebook videos of an incident described by the man being held down in the left frame as an “attempted lynching.” Image links to Facebook post.

The ICO will be providing the prosecutor’s office with their investigative reports, witness statements, and digital evidence, according to Kehr. “We will thoroughly review all of the information presented to us and decide what charges are appropriate,” Kehr’s statement said.

On Sunday, Vauhxx Booker, who is an activist and a member of Monroe County’s human rights commission, posted to Facebook a video showing parts of the incident, including footage of him being held down against a tree trunk.

Booker described part of the episode this way: “I tussled with the two and another one joined in, then two more. The five were able to easily overwhelm me and got me to the ground and dragged me pinning my body against a tree as they began pounding on my head and ripped off some of my hair, with several of them still on top of my body holding me down.”

Booker stated in his Facebook post that one of his assailants told his comrades several times to “get a noose.”

Several people, among them elected officials, wrote in Facebook comments that they will be contacting Monroe County prosecutor Erika Oliphant about the incident.

Bloomington’s mayor, John Hamilton, and city clerk, Nicole Bolden issued a joint statement Monday morning about the Lake Monroe incident and a separate one in Bloomington that took place the day before. About the two incidents, their statement said, “They require that we come together as a whole, and recognize that racism damages all of us, not just our residents of color. We deserve better, and we must make it happen.” Continue reading “Monroe County prosecutor to weigh possible charges in case described as “attempted lynching” by target of assault”

Photos: Monroe County Fair Three Bar J Rodeo 2019

The Monroe County fair runs through Saturday, July 6. Cropped 2019 rodeo IMG_7456

On the Fourth of July, the grandstand featured the Three Bar J rodeo, an event sanctioned by the International Pro Rodeo Association

Opening ceremonies started at 8 p.m.

As the rodeo got underway, the sun was still well above the rooflines of the barns to the west of the grandstands. That kept the place plenty warm, but the light was coming from the right direction to shoot some photographs. Continue reading “Photos: Monroe County Fair Three Bar J Rodeo 2019”

Photos: Bloomington July 4 parade 2019

Bloomington’s Fourth of July parade started at 10 a.m., heading west on 7th Street, winding around the courthouse square then heading east down Kirkwood.

The photos presented here were taken on Kirkwood Avenue just west of Lincoln Street.

Some were taken at street level. Others were taken from the Graduate Hotel’s Jack and Diane Terrace.

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