JOHNSON CITY, Tennessee. – A former East Tennessee State University student faces more charges after police said he disrupted on the campus that Black Lives Matter rally while wearing a gorilla mask and carrying around a rope and bananas.
News outlets report a public prosecutor on Monday asked a judge to add disorderly conduct and inciting a riot charges for the 18-year-old Tristan Rettke the warrant.
Rettke was initially charged with civil rights intimidation after police said he, dressed in overalls, wore a gorilla mask and dangled bananas tied up with rope in the faces of the people on the Sept. 28 protest.
His lawyer Patrick Denton had said Rettke was the exercise of his freedom of expression and not intimidate anyone.
The court also found a possible cause for the send Rettke the case of the grand jury, which will determine whether to indict him.