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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – A Washington County judge on Monday authorized additional charges against a student who allegedly donned an ape mask and dangled bananas at students during a Black Lives Matter protest in September.
Former East Tennessee State University student Tristan Rettke, 18, was charged with a civil rights violation after he attended a Sept. 28 Black Lives Matter protest at ETSU’s “free speech zone” in Borchuck Plaza while wearing an ape mask and carrying bananas tied to a rope. Rettke also allegedly displayed a burlap sack emblazoned with the Confederate flag to provoke the protestors, WCYB reports.
At Rettke’s preliminary hearing in Washington County General Sessions Court on Monday, Assistant District Attorney Will Monk asked Judge Robert Lincoln to add two more charges against the student: disorderly conduct and inciting a riot, according to the Johnson City Press.
originally posted by: Cobaltic1978
originally posted by: seasonal
a reply to: AlbanArthur
Is this not freedom of speech?
No it's potentially inciting a riot.
originally posted by: DrStevenBrule
a reply to: Cobaltic1978
But yelling "Burn this mother f@%^*r down" to a crowd of people who have already shown they were not opposed to acts of violence is not.