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Freeway sign climber snarls downtown Los Angeles traffic

The Associated Press
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California Highway Patrol officers try to coax a man off a freeway sign in downtown Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. The man suspended banners, one about fighting pollution, after climbing onto the sign over State Route 110 during the Wednesday morning rush hour.
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Richard Vogel | Ap
California Highway Patrol officers try to coax a man off a freeway sign in downtown Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. The man suspended banners, one about fighting pollution, after climbing onto the sign over State Route 110 during the Wednesday morning rush hour.
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Richard Vogel | Ap
A California Highway Patrol officer tries to grab a man on a freeway sign in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. The man suspended banners, one about fighting pollution, after climbing onto the sign over State Route 110 during the Wednesday morning rush hour.
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Richard Vogel | AP
California Highway Patrol officers try to coax a man off a freeway sign in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. The man suspended banners, one about fighting pollution, after climbing onto the sign over State Route 110 during the Wednesday morning rush hour.
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Richard Vogel | Ap
California Highway Patrol officers watch as a man jumps from a highway sign in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. The man suspended banners, one about fighting pollution, after climbing onto the sign over State Route 110 during the Wednesday morning rush hour. The man did a backflip from the sign and landed on a huge inflated air bag deployed in traffic lanes by firefighters.
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Richard Vogel | Ap
Los Angeles police officer arrest a man after he jumped from a freeway sign onto a safety airbag in downtown Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. The man suspended banners, one about fighting pollution, after climbing onto the sign over State Route 110 during the Wednesday morning rush hour.

LOS ANGELES — A man wearing only boxer briefs and sneakers snarled rush-hour traffic Wednesday in downtown Los Angeles after he climbed a busy freeway sign, hung protest posters, danced repeatedly and apparently mocked his would-be rescuers.

Reporters and passers-by shot videos of the man’s antics as he climbed around and on the freeway sign, eluding firefighters wearing harnesses and police officers trying to get him down.

The man, who identified himself as “Dephree,” did various dances and the strongman pose as traffic backed up for miles on State Route 110. He hung signs that read “Dephree,” ”Fight pollution, not each other” and “Give a hoot, don’t pollute.”

The southbound lanes of the freeway were closed as firefighters placed inflatables underneath the man and extended ladders to him. The traffic snarl spread onto connecting freeways and surface streets and workers in nearby buildings stopped to watch the events unfold.

Cars passing on the other side of the freeway at times honked at the man and one even shouted to police: “Shoot him!”

The standoff ended when the man eventually did a backflip off the freeway sign down to an inflatable below. He was unhurt and quickly arrested.

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