How many people have forgotten this?
This is a picture of Mr. Norman Mayer*, a United States citizen and anti-nuclear activist who drove a white panel truck with a large sign reading ""#1 PRIORITY: BAN NUCLEAR WEAPONS" up to the base of the Washington Monument on December 8, 1982.
Mr. Mayer got out of the van dressed as you see him here and carrying a remote control device.
Here is what happened next:
Said one officer, "After all the crazies who've been coming out of the woodwork in the last few years, we're told to take anything like this seriously."Mayer claimed that he would destroy the Monument with 1,000 pounds (500 kg) of TNT loaded in his van unless a national dialogue on the threat of nuclear weapons was seriously undertaken. Mayer also claimed that he had a hidden accomplice who also could detonate the explosives.The U.S. Park Police evacuated nearby buildings and closed down area streets for several blocks. Eight tourists were initially trapped inside the Monument, but were released after AP reporter Steven Komarow began negotiating with Mayer. Ten hours into the negotiation, Mayer jumped in his van and started to drive off, threatening to become "a moving time bomb in downtown Washington." The police opened fire, striking Mayer four times—twice in the head.The Park Police later claimed that they did not intend to shoot Mayer, but were instead aiming for the van's engine. Their subsequent investigation disclosed that Mayer had neither explosives nor an accomplice.
*Thank's D. for the catch