East Tennessee State Freshman Tristan Rettke showed up to a Black Lives Matter protest wearing a gorilla mask and handing out bananas attached to a rope.
Rettke handed out bananas to protestors for about 20 minutes in the “free speech” area of Borchuck Plaza before campus police arrested him for civil rights intimidation.
Along with his gorilla mask and bananas, Rettke also carried around with him a burlap sack with a Confederate flag and marijuana leaf on it.
One of the Black Lives Matter protestors filmed his interactions with Rettke:
Following his arrest, a police report notes that Rettke was trying to provoke protestors. However, Rettke himself did not comment.
Rettke has been subsequently suspended by East Tennessee State University.
University President Brian Noland responded to the incident, “We are exceptionally proud of the students who were peacefully participating in the event and the manner in which they exercised restraint, thoughtfulness and strength in the face of inappropriate and offensive behavior.”
H/T: Breaking 911