Tappan Zee Protester Faces Multiple Charges

Michael Davitt faces a slew of charges, including criminal trespass, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.

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    A daring demonstration on the Tappan Zee Bridge ended with a splash, when 54-year-old Michael Davitt sat for three hours to protest his being let go from a Rockland County job. John Noel reports.

    A 54-year-old man who spent more than three hours hanging from the Tappan Zee bridge on a rope ladder Monday before he crashed into the water was released on bail after being charged with multiple misdemeanors.

    Michael Davitt, of Garnerville, was released on $500 cash bail and is next due in Greenburgh Court in Westchester County on Nov. 17. He was charged with obstructing governmental administration, criminal trespass, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

    Raw Video: Protester Dangles From Tappan Zee Bridge

    [NY] Raw Video: Protester Dangles From Tappan Zee Bridge
    Chopper 4 captured this video of a protester hanging from the Tappan Zee bridge on a rope ladder with a sign about government "cover up."

    It wasn't immediately clear if Davitt had an attorney.

    Authorities tell NBC New York Davitt is a known gadfly who has picketed officials in upstate Rockland County for years.

    On Monday, Davitt, wearing an American flag bandanna, sat on the bottom rung of a rope ladder suspended from the bridge beginning at about 10:45 a.m. A 24-foot banner hung below him.

    The blue banner, painted with yellow lettering, read: "Rockland Executive Legislature Coverup Retaliation" above some other words and numbers that could not be seen clearly.

    As several boats positioned beneath Davitt just before 2 p.m., he fell into the water. He was then pulled into a boat.

    Davitt was checked out at Westchester Medical Center prior to being taken to the precinct. He was released from the hospital without injuries.