July 20, 2020

Two Men Charged In July 4 Lynching Attempt On Black Indiana Activist 

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Two Men Charged In July 4 Lynching Attempt On Black Indiana Activist 

A step toward justice but the fight continues!

Earlier this month we reported a disturbing story about a mob of white people from Indiana attempting to lynch a black activist named Vauhxx Rush Booker. The attack was caught on tape and you can see a group of white thugs threatening Booker’s life, one of them even suggested to “get a noose.” 

The FBI stepped in to investigate the event as a hate crime. In the latest report, two white men named Sean Purdy and Jerry Cox are facing multiple charges and felony charges for confinement and battery. Purdy is charged with felony criminal confinement, battery resulting in injury and intimidation. Cox is charged with aiding or causing criminal confinement, felony battery resulting in injury, intimidation, and two misdemeanor counts of battery. Monroe County Prosecutor Erika Oliphant filed two active warrants for the two men’s arrests. Booker will not face any charges

After the attack, Booker tested positive for COVID-19. Booker told Indy Star that part of him wants to have animosity toward these people who could have potentially infected him. 

“There is a part of me that wants to hold some sort of anger or animosity towards these individuals who may have infected me with this. It’s also human nature to try to make sense of something that in some ways can’t be affirmed easily.”

Booker’s attorney, Katharine Liell said during a press conference that the prosecution of these individuals is important to send the clear message that hate crimes and acts of violence won’t be tolerated.