Protester Hanging From NY Bridge Jumps
No, he's not part of 'Occupy Wall Street'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2011 1:40 PM CST

(Newser) – A protester dangling from New York’s Tappan Zee bridge let go today as police were lowering him onto a barge, hitting the barge and plunging into the waters of the Hudson before cops fished him out. Michael A. Davitt was holding a sign accusing county officials of some sort of cover-up, and has long been known to protest at Rockland Legislature meetings, but “he’s never crossed the line like this before,” a Sheriff’s Department captain tells

Davitt, 54, left his county mental health job in 2008 and has been alleging that he was wrongly fired since. His appearances at meetings have been getting increasingly odd recently—apparently involving mumbling and lots of staring—and sheriff’s deputies have started showing up whenever he does. He’s also been known to carry signs, including one calling for a county executive to be indicted, while marching in front of the County Office Building.