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 by a threat by a police officer is arguably a way to commit suicide.
But it is not clear from the story that the man really expected his banana to be mistaken for a gun.
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.