White House Visitor Exercises “Right to Bare All”
By Brian Shields
Fri May 23rd, 2014 6:31pm America/Los_Angeles
Washington (CNN) – A man stripped down naked in front of the White House on Friday and, according to United States Secret Service, assaulted an officer who attempted to subdue him.
“Michel Bechard approached uniformed division officers at the White House and he proceeded to get fully undressed,” George Ogilvie, spokesman for the Secret Service told CNN. “As uniformed division officers attempted to subdue him, he assaulted a uniform division officer and he was taken into custody.”
Ogilvie described the “assault” as a “scuffle” between Bechard and an officer.
Bechard was arrested and has been taken to a local hospital for “minor injuries,” according to Ogilvie.
After officers got Bechard to the ground, they put his pants back on him and covered his upper body with a white cloth. They then escorted him – his feet and hands shackled – to an ambulance.
The White House was never in lockdown because of the event.
Photos of Bechard show him standing completely naked in front of the Northwest gate.
It is unclear at this time why Bechard took off all his clothes.
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