Accused banana peel thrower hires African American lawyer

SANTA FE (KRQE) – The man facing charges for throwing a banana peel at a comedian is making headlines again, this time for hiring an African American lawyer. Christian Englander is facing battery and disorderly conduct charges after police say he threw a banana peel at comedian Dave Chappelle last week.

The Albuquerque Journal says he’s hired Roderick Thompson to represent him. Roderick told the paper it may be because he’s black but from a strategic standpoint is not a bad choice. Englander says the peel-tossing wasn’t racist. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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