SAN FRANCISCO – A man who describes himself in his social media profile as “Pro-Life Spiderman” was seen scaling the 60-floor Salesforce Tower in San Francisco on Tuesday morning, a wild scene captured on video by awe-struck onlookers.
Upon reaching the top of the approximately 1,000-foot-tall skyscraper around 11 a.m., he was taken into custody.
Officer Robert Rueca said that police were flagged down at 9:20 a.m. by people who spotted the climber on the city’s tallest building.
The climber, whose social handle is Maison DesChamps, posted on his Instagram story during the climb. He said that “things were going good” but he wished he had a little water. He also admitted that he was “kinda trippin.'”
Police closed nearby streets and sent medics to 415 Mission Street.
The San Francisco Fire Department tweeted that the person “is placing firefighters lives and the [public’s] safety at risk. AVOID THE AREA and join us in condemning this action.”
By 11 a.m, the climber was taken into custody upon ascending to the roof, as officers were waiting for him at the top of the building.
A worker on the top floor of the Salesforce Tower snapped a picture of the climber as he peered in through a window.
A worker on the top floor of the Salesforce Tower shared this picture of the climber who scaled the facade of the city’s tallest building on May 3, 2022. (KTVU FOX 2)
On social media, the climber had his share of supporters and detractors.
One woman noted how dangerous it was that he was scaling such a high building, but added she “LOVED his spirit.”
Another woman wrote on Facebook with a sarcastic tone: “Well look at that, he had the CHOICE to climb the tower.”
Though it wasn’t possible to speak to the climber mid-ascent, it’s highly likely that he would support the Supreme Court overturning the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide, it would quickly split the country into states with abortion access and those that outlaw it.
He also posted a rant against Dr. Cesare Santangelo of Washington, D.C., who has performed abortions in the past and has been a target of many on the religious right.
In California, Democrats who wield control of the state Legislature and the governor’s office issued a joint statement late Monday announcing they would seek to amend the state’s constitution to enshrine abortion rights.
The Supreme Court confirmed the leaked draft to Politico was an authentic document but said Tuesday “it does not represent a decision by the court or the final position of any member on the issues in the case.”
The Salesforce Tower climber was taken into custody at the top of the building. May 3, 2022
A man who describes himself in his social media profile as “Pro-Life Spiderman” was seen scaling the 60-floor Salesforce tower in San Francisco on Tuesday morning, a wild scene captured on video. May 3, 2022