Today’s stupid cop trick

banana gun
Quick draw banana!

A man is facing a felony menacing charge after two western Colorado sheriff’s deputies say he pointed a banana at them and they thought it was a gun.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports 27-year-old Nathan Rolf Channing, of Fruitvale, was arrested Sunday.

According to an arrest affidavit, Mesa County deputies Joshua Bunch and Donald Love 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 yelled, “It’s a banana!

The deputies say Channing told them he was doing a trial run for a planned YouTube video and he thought it would “lighten the holiday spirit.”

Think these stalwart coppers would have been charged if they killed the guy threatening them with a banana?

4 thoughts on “Today’s stupid cop trick

  1. CopOut says:

    Needless to say racial and other forms of prejudice effect one’s perception of threat, even more so in the midst of hostile or otherwise potentially dangerous situations. See full story @ – includes a photo of the accused however the time of day (night?) this incident took place is lacking. According to “Reaction Time – Lethal Force Encounter Shooting Scene Considerations” ( ), the average time it takes to draw a pistol from a holster and fire is 1.19 sec. – to raise and fire a pistol already in hand: .59 sec. How fast is a split second? See Given that law-enforcement officers are or regard themselves as de facto targets, hesitating in that split second to decide whether or not a person in the act of pointing an object at them is armed with a real weapon can be fatal. Here’s what a modern BB airgun (described as “a replica of one of the newest S&W designs”) looks like: ($29.95 @ Amazon).
    In Memoriam: N.M. State Police Patrolman Glen Michael Huber, ambushed and killed in the line of duty on January 26, 1991

  2. Obey Or Die! says:

    Re: the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was carrying an Airsoft replica pistol and allegedly brandishing it at passers-by. Newly released surveillance camera footage shows the two Cleveland police officers involved shooting the boy within a split second of arriving on the scene, then restraining his 14-year-old sister, handcuffing her and locking her in a police vehicle to prevent her going to her brother – all while ignoring the injured child and failing to provide even the most elementary medical assistance. An FBI agent who arrived later provided the only immediate care to the boy, with EMS personnel arriving soon afterwards.

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