Man Charged with Felony for Pointing a Banana at Police

Pointing a banana at police seems like a really stupid idea, if there was any chance that the banana could be mistaken for a gun. In fact, doing anything that could be perceived as a threat by a police officer is arguably a way to commit suicide.

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But it is not clear from the story that the man really expected his banana to be mistaken for a gun.

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From CBS News in Colorado: “Man arrested after pointing banana at police.”

According to an arrest affidavit, Mesa County deputies Joshua Bunch and Donald Love said Channing pointed the fruit at them while crossing a street.

The deputies said they feared for their lives even though they saw that the object was yellow. Bunch wrote in the affidavit that he has seen handguns in many shapes and colors.

He wrote that Love was drawing his service weapon when Channing, of Fruitvale, Colo. yelled, “It’s a banana!”

Yes, the man accused of pointing a banana at police is from Fruitvale.

And yes, one of the police officers he pointed the banana at is named Bunch.

[See also, “Gun-Happy L.A. Police Free And Clear: L.A. Taxpayers Stuck With Paying Off Victims.”]

The man from Fruitvale is being charged with a felony: “menacing.” Channing claimed that “he was doing a trial run for a planned YouTube video and he thought it would ‘lighten the holiday spirit.’”

Channing should have understood that jokes are not safe around cops. And if you make one draw a weapon, you have every reason to expect that he is going to find grounds to charge you with a crime. Otherwise, he would have to say he drew his weapon in error. I suspect such an admission would not look good on his record.