INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb defended the state’s Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday amid criticism that the agency’s conservation officers did not adequately respond to the reported assault of a Black man by a group of white men at a southern Indiana lake last weekend.
Holcomb said during a news conference that DNR law enforcement officers acted according to protocols and made “the right decision,” despite no arrests being made at the scene.
“I’m proud of the DNR and the way they’ve conducted themselves,” Holcomb said, “They’ve done everything right, by the book. It’ll be handled correctly and was from the very outset.”
The governor said he viewed video footage of the assault on Vauhxx Booker, a civil rights activist and member of the Monroe County Human Rights Commission.
Booker has said the men pinned him against a tree and shouted racial slurs at him, and that one of them threatened to “get a noose” at Monroe Lake near Bloomington over the Fourth of July weekend.