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Hundreds March Through Bloomington Demanding Justice For Vauhxx Booker

Payton Knobeloch

For the second day in a row, residents took to the streets of Bloomington demanding accountability for those who assaulted a Black man at Lake Monroe on the 4th of July.

Video captured several people holding Vauhxx Booker up against a tree, and yelling racial slurs at him.

Several leaders of the protest say they were undeterred by an incident that occurred at Monday’s rally in downtown Bloomington, where a vehicle ran into two protesters and drove away.

People laying down in protest in front of the Monroe County Courthouse Tuesday.

Police are still looking for that vehicle.

“Every single person that’s here, especially our White allies, have the responsibility to call out racism in its face and to make sure it never happens again,” said State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Gary).

The former gubernatorial candidate said he was so disturbed by the attack on Booker he drove from Gary to Bloomington to attend Tuesday’s protest.

Jada Bee, a member of Bloomington’s chapter of Black Lives Matter, told the crowd she was disappointed that only one member of city council attended the rally. 

Bee said she met with Mayor John Hamilton several times before Saturday’s incident, urging him to address the racial problems in Bloomington.

People march along 3rd street in Bloomington on July 7th, 2020.

“We spoke to that man, over and over and over again, Vauhxx Booker himself sat down with that man and said there is a problem in this town,” Bee said.

Bee also said members of the county commission and city council ignored her repeated requests to undertake racial sensitivity training.

Several armed members of a group called “Citizens Protest Response and Safety” were on hand to ensure protesters weren’t harassed or attacked as they marched through downtown.

There were no reports of any incidents.