A former East Tennessee State University student’s acquittal on civil rights intimidation — arrested after after he showed up at a campus Black Lives Matter rally in 2016 wearing a gorilla mask and handing out bananas wrapped with rope — was a Constitutional win, his attorney said after the verdict.
Jurors in a free speech case heard some emotional testimony from several former and current East Tennessee State University students involved in a 2016 Black Lives Matter that was interrupted by another student dressed in a gorilla mask and told them he looked like them.
In his opening statements in a civil rights intimidation trial Monday, a defense attorney said the Constitutional amendment his client is accused of violating is the same one that protects his actions at a Black Lives Matter rally nearly three years ago.
Attorneys in a civil rights intimidation case were ready to argue about potential social media evidence a former East Tennessee State University student wrote regarding a Black Lives Matter demonstration he’s accused of disrupting.
More videos of a Black Lives Matter rally at East Tennessee State University, which allegedly show a white student dressed in overalls and a gorilla mask dangling bananas tied to a string, have surfaced and are now in the hands of the man’s defense attorney.