December 26, 1981

Man Dangles In Protest at White House Airing of Rights Grievance Leads to Rescue, Charges

A man who hung by his wrists in from a lamppost in front of the White House yesterday to protest what he considered government violation of his human rights was arrested by the U.S. Park Police and charged with disorderly conduct.

The man, who witnesses said appeared to be in his 30s, was identified by Park Police as William Thomas They said he had no fixed address they could determine.

The man climbed the lamppost,' in front of the White House north portico on Pennsytvanir Avenue NW. and tied a length of rope between his wrists. After passing the rope over a lamp bracket at the top of the post, he was suspended by it above the sidewalk until D.C. Fire Department rescue personnel helpd him down.

Police said the man was arrested at 12:41 p.m. He was taken to a Park Police substation for processing and then to the central cellblock at D.C. police headquarters.

There was no immediate indication as to the specific nature of the man's grievance.