A Tennessee college student has been arrested after wearing a gorilla mask to a Black Lives Matter protest.
East Tennessee University freshman Tristan Rettke carried rope, as well as a burlap sack with a Confederate flag on it, as he tried to pass out bananas, Time reports.
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The incident happened while students protested the recent police shootings of black men in Tulsa and Charlotte at the hands of police. In the middle of the demonstration Rettke proceeded to wander through crowd.
Rettke was reportedly taken away from the protest and charged with civil rights intimidation.
At a press conference Wednesday, University President Brian Noland spoke out against Rettke’s actions, calling himself “offended” and “saddened” by the situation.
“We are exceptionally proud of the students who were peacefully participating in the event and the manner in which they exercised restraint, thoughtfulness and strength in the face of inappropriate and offensive behavior,” Noland said.