BLM Activist Dangles from Trump Tower to Force Meeting with Trump

The man threatened to drop if not allowed to meet with the President. He was released without charges.

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Garrett Duncan, Contribuor

On October 18th 2020 a man who claimed to be a member of the Black Lives Matter movement sent out a video message saying that he wanted to speak to the president.  This message was sent by him as was dangling off the side of The Trump Tower, located in Chicago.  In the video, he stated that he was a member of BLM, that he wanted to speak to President Donald Trump, and that if somebody tried to pull him up, he would cut the rope that he was hanging from, killing himself from the fall. (NYPost)  The man, first noticed at 5:30 p.m. was identified by his friend Marlen who is only identified by his first name. who said that his friend was, “a very intelligent person.” Marlen said he was very surprised that his friend would do something like this (ChicagoTribune). His friend, the man who hung himself from the tower, will not be named because he was not criminally charged with anything after his arrest.

Marlen stated that he believed the motive of hanging from the tower to be  promotion for a new book written by Noam Chomsky.  He also said that his friend liked to read books by Chomsky, who criticizes American politics often.  The two men are both from the country of Kyrgyzstan, and Marlen was surprised to see his friend do something so radical because of politics. (ChicagoTribune)

After a standoff that lasted for 13 hours, the man finally dropped his knife and was hauled back up to the top of the tower by SWAT (Fox32Chicago). He asked to see reporters, and refused to climb back up, all the way until the end where he decided to allow himself to be taken in. He was brought to an ambulance and given a psychiatric exam to see if he was sane.  Through the entire thing, he remained completely silent, and refused to communicate. (ChicagoTribune)

However, this was not the end of his antics, as while he was being transferred to a mental hospital in Maywood, he unbuckled himself from his gurney and ran away. He changed clothes in a nearby store and avoided police for eight hours until being recaptured. (ChicagoTribune)

Sometime Tuesday, he was let out of police custody. According to Fox 32 Chicago, he was not charged with anything, and was set free.  (Fox32Chicago)