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Black Lives Matter Dissenter Charged for Wearing Gorilla Mask

There’s probably a better way to protest Black Lives Matter. First off, you can’t fix stupid.

Secondly, a freshman in college is generally not the sharpest tool in the shed, even though they tend to think they know EVERYTHING.  Tristan Rettke was escorted away from East Tennessee State University by safety officers

after going to a Black Lives Matter demonstration wearing a gorilla mask and carrying bananas tied with a noose. To their credit, the Black Lives Matter protesters did not react by beating the snot out of him and sticking the aforementioned bananas out every one of Tristan’s orifices.

Rettke was later charged with civil rights intimidation by the Johnson City Police Department for protesting Black Lives Matter.

He was also suspended by the University for wearing a gorilla mask at the Black Lives Matter protest. You really should learn to throw a football if you want to act like a bonehead on campus kids. I was curious about how exactly being an idiot was a violation of the law though. So, I did what anybody who wants to know something does today- I googled it.

As you can see for protesting Black Lives Matter, the lines between free speech and “intimidating actions” are very blurry.

A person commits the offense of intimidating others from exercising civil rights

who:

(1) Injures or threatens to injure or coerces another person with the intent to

unlawfully intimidate another from the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or

privilege secured by the constitution or laws of the state of Tennessee;

(2) Injures or threatens to injure or coerces another person with the intent to

unlawfully intimidate another because that other exercised any right or privilege

secured by the constitution or laws of the United States or the constitution or laws

of the state of Tennessee;

(3) Damages, destroys or defaces any real or personal property of another person with

the intent to unlawfully intimidate another from the free exercise or enjoyment of any

right or privilege secured by the constitution or laws of the state of Tennessee; or

(4) Damages, destroys or defaces any real or personal property of another person with

the intent to unlawfully intimidate another because that other exercised any right or

privilege secured by the constitution or laws of the United States or the constitution

or laws of the state of Tennessee.

(c) It is an offense for a person to wear a mask or disguise with the intent to

violate subsection (b).

(d) A violation of subsection (b) is a Class D felony

A violation of subsection (c) is a Class A misdemeanor.}

Now,I know that is a lot to read between {and} but when you boil it down it makes you wonder if the kid had left off the mask if he would have been arrested.

Rettke told officers he went to the Black Lives Matter event “in attempt to provoke the protesters.”

I have not heard that he threatened anyone and intimidation is at the least open to interpretation. It will be interesting to see where this leads. I doubt the ACLU will represent him saying this was free speech though.

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William Stauff

Will Stauff is a conservative commentator and radio personality from Southeast Georgia. He's married with 2 children.

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