Man Faces Felony Charges for Pointing Banana at Police

Pointing banana is a felony? Who knew?

The story sounds like a joke, but CBS News assures us that it is not.

A man from Fruitvale, Colorado was carrying a banana, and while he was crossing the street, he supposedly pointed it at a couple officers, one of whom is named Joshua Bunch. When the other officer Donald Love began to draw his firearm in response, the banana man yelled out that it was only a banana. So, instead of executing the man just in case it was a yellow, banana-shaped assault weapon, they arrested him on felony charges.

Here’s CBS News:

A man is facing a felony menacing charge, because two Colorado sheriff’s deputies say they thought a banana he pointed at them was a gun.

Nathan Rolf Channing, 27, was arrested Sunday, according to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.

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.

And, no, we didn’t make this up.

The deputies say Channing told them he was doing a trial run for a planned YouTube video and he thought it would “lighten the holiday spirit.”

I can’t help but think of this Monty Python skit where a “martial arts” instructor teaches his class how to defend themselves from someone wielding a piece of fresh fruit. To find out how to defend yourself from a man attacking you with a banana, skip ahead to about 1:30. Otherwise, just watch the whole skit. It’s pretty short and funny: