Back on the weekend of July 4, Vauhxx Booker, a local civil rights activist and a member of the Human Rights Commission, was at Monroe Lake, near Bloomington, when he was approached by a group of men who accused him of trespassing. Booker claimed that he apologized to the men, but then the incident allegedly turned violent.
As The Associated Press reported at the time, five men allegedly attacked Booker. One purportedly threatened to break his arm and instructed another to "get a noose," while telling Booker's friends to leave the area. At other times during the confrontation, the alleged assailants were reportedly heard calling Booker a "nappy headed (expletive)."
At another point, a man allegedly yelled, "You invaded us!" and called someone in Booker's group a "stupid (expletive) liberal (expletive)."
Booker said that one of the men wore a hat bearing a Confederate flag, while other men in the group referenced "white power."
Portions of the incident were captured on cell phone video and posted to social media, and can be seen below. Be warned: this video contains content that may be disturbing to some viewers.