Black civil rights activist Vauhxx Booker on Monday has said that he is facing criminal charges a year after reporting a racist, violent attack he endured in southern Indiana.
Court documents filed by special prosecutor Sonia Leerkamp on Friday accused Booker of misdemeanor trespass and felony battery charge for his involvement in last year’s Fourth of July incident at Lake Monroe.
The alleged assault gained national attention last summer as a partial video of the incident was widely shared on social media.
Booker said he called 911 after five men assaulted him and pinned him to a tree at the lake just south of Bloomington.
Booker later accused Sean Purdy and Jerry Cox II during that incident who claimed that Booker and his friends were trespassing when they gathered at the southern Indiana lake.
Booker’s legal team released a statement slamming the recent charges against the activist, saying it’s an “outrageous act of punitive retaliation and prosecutorial vindictiveness.”
The Monroe County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) demanded that the charges against Booker be dropped immediately and called for the special prosecutor, Sonia Leerkamp, to resign.
Booker is a civil rights activist and member of the Monroe County Human Rights Commission.
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