2 men charged in July 4 ‘attempted lynching’ at Indiana lake

Two men were charged Friday in a supposed ambush against a Black man who was found in a viral video being held without wanting to in the forested areas close to an Indiana lake on the Fourth of July.

Sean Purdy and Jerry Cox are accused of different violations, including imprisonment and battery against a 36-year-old Bloomington, Ind., man, Vauhxx Booker, as indicated by the Indianapolis Star. Monroe County Prosecutor Erika Oliphant has documented two dynamic warrants for the two men and says Booker will deal with no indictments.

Purdy is accused of criminal control, battery bringing about injury and terrorizing, all lawful offenses. Cox is accused of helping or causing criminal repression, lawful offense battery bringing about injury, terrorizing and two wrongdoing checks of battery.



Booker, an individual from the Monroe County Human Rights Commission, posted his record of the July 4 occurrence alongside video to his Facebook account, stating, “I would prefer not to relate this, yet I was nearly the casualty of an endeavored lynching.” He went on: “On July fourth night others and me were survivors of what I would portray as an abhor wrongdoing. I was assaulted by five white men [with Confederate flags] who truly took steps to lynch me before various observers.”

Booker said he and his companions were visiting an open sea shore on Lake Monroe outside Bloomington to join a get-together when a gathering of white men said they were on private property and started tailing them.

A portion of the men got hostile, he said. At the point when he drew nearer “calm appearing bunch individuals” to “check whether we could streamline things a piece,” the showdown heightened. Video presented via web-based networking media shows a gathering of white men holding Booker to a tree as his companions beg them to discharge him. In the video, one man yells at the camera, “You glad about this, you nappy-headed bitch? You and your five white companions?” As Booker’s companions leave, one of the men follows, yelling, “Those Black young men need to begin everything.”

Lawyers for one of the men in the video asserted Monday that Booker was the provocateur.

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