November 28, 2014

And Now for the Banana Bandito: Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Nathan Channing arrested after pointing banana at police in Grand Junction, Colorado - CBS News

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.

"Right! Bananas! How to defend yourself against a man armed with a banana. (to first man) Here, you, take this. (throws him a banana) Now, it's quite simple to defend yourself against the banana fiend. First of all, you force him to drop the banana"

[HT: Mark Steyn]

Posted by gerardvanderleun at November 28, 2014 10:44 AM
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Why in the world are people that OPENLY confess to fearing for their lives from things like bananas allowed to even possess firearms? Every time you turn around these giant wusses are crying about being afraid of something. MY PUSSY HURTS!!!!!

jeezis fukking chryst on a handtruck

preschoolers are being taught adult perversions, adults are relinquished from responsibility for their childish behavior, violent people are scared of their own shadows, words mean nothing and everything simultaneously, and the entire world is turning inside out, upside down.

when is this bitch gonna explode already?

Posted by: ghostsniper at November 28, 2014 1:40 PM

Well, Walter Matthau did attack Jack Lemon with a fish, until Burgess Meridith stopped it.

Posted by: BillH at November 28, 2014 2:07 PM

These are the type of people who become "Law Enforcement". It will be even more interesting when we notice the "Law Enforcement" personnel begin to more and more appear "Hispanic".

Posted by: Terry at November 28, 2014 2:10 PM

As much as I love the Python skit and as much as I agree with ghostie's position, my sympathies are with the cops here. Context matters.

If we are goofing around in the company break room and you reach in your bag and point a banana at someone while yelling "Give me all your TPS reports!", we all laugh.

If you're a cop on the street and somebody reaches in their coat, pulls out an object and points something at you, you draw your weapon because you have about a second to decide what is going on. Is it some meth-head on a paranoia binge? Is it some guy who just robbed a store? Or is it just some guy with a banana goofing around?

Guess wrong and you are not going home that night. Banana Boy deserves to get his hand slapped.

Posted by: SteveS at November 28, 2014 3:22 PM

Bunch? Love? Bananas!

Posted by: Jewel at November 28, 2014 5:01 PM

There are two ways of looking at this.

The popos are our gang. We don't like it when our gang loses. We want our gang to be the baddest gang on the street. Don't mess with our pandilleros.

Another way: the police do not have a duty to protect us. Their two jobs are to keep the peace, and catch the criminals. The only ones who can protect us is ourselves. If pulling a banana out of your pants and pointing it at the police is an offense against the State ... well, the divide has been crossed. The job of the police is to protect themselves and the government from the people.

Posted by: John A. Fleming at November 28, 2014 5:41 PM

“Nobody owns life, but anyone who can pick up a frying pan owns death.”
― William S. Burroughs

Posted by: chasmatic at November 28, 2014 11:35 PM

If I was worried about someone pointing "something" at me that would kill me I think I'd pretty quickly find me another way to earn a living as clearly the current way is not conducive to a long and happy life.

As a rule I stay away from known areas where such things are possible and when I need to venture from the compound at all I am bristling as all smart people are these days.

According to the police's own records you are 13 times MORE likely to be shot by a cop than anyone else in the US. Go read Professor John Lott's book, "More Guns, Less Crime" for more details.

Posted by: ghostsniper at November 29, 2014 1:40 PM