Eco-warrior who fell from Chase Bank is NYC business owner: sister

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It was his second big fall.

An eco-warrior who crashed to the sidewalk while climbing a Chase bank during what some called an “anti-capitalist” protest — is himself a Manhattan small-business owner who suffered a crushing pandemic setback, his sister told The Post.

Now, Kevin Clarke, 32, is screaming for pain meds and handcuffed to his hospital bed in Bellevue, his pelvis shattered from the caught-on-video, 30-foot plunge, sister Nicole Clarke said by phone from Los Angeles.

Clarke’s “pelvic area has been shattered in multiple places,” and his right elbow is also broken, his sister said. “He won’t be able to move for several months.” Officials did not immediately confirm the extent of his injuries.

Video from the scene shows another protester defacing the building with spray paint during Clarke’s doomed climb. Streams of black paint flowed out of the fallen climber’s backpack as he lay in agony on the sidewalk, the video shows.

A man climbs the side of a Chase Bank location as demonstrators gather in Midtown on April 2, 2021.
A man climbs the side of a Chase Bank location as demonstrators gather in Midtown on April 2, 2021.
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Online observers billed the ersatz Spider-Man an “anti-capitalist protester,” but his sister insisted the next day that he had joined a protest group Extinction Rebellion because he wanted to fight climate change.

“That wasn’t an anti-capitalist protest,” she claimed of the group’s participation in the demonstration in the bosom of capitalism, on Madison Avenue, between East 47 and 46 streets.

Chase was targeted because it “is the biggest funder of fossil fuel investments in the world,” she said.

An anti-capitalist crawling up a Chase Bank in Midtown.
An anti-capitalist crawling up a Chase Bank in Midtown.
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Clarke grew up in Oregon, went to high school in Wichita, Kansas, and has lived in New York for the last decade, she said.

His sister declined to describe his business, saying only that he has no employees. She would not answer if her brother was pro-capitalist.

Paramedics help a person who fell while climbing the side of a Chase Bank.
Paramedics help a person who fell while climbing the side of a Chase Bank.
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“What I can tell you is that he was a small business owner in Manhattan whose business was devastated by the COVID crisis,” she said.

Clarke’s been charged with reckless endangerment for the stunt, cops said.

The injured protester was taken away in an ambulance.
The injured protester was taken away in an ambulance.
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He’s been charged with reckless endangerment for the stunt, according to cops, who wouldn’t confirm whether Clarke was chained to a bed.

“Except in very limited circumstances a hospitalized prisoner will be handcuffed,” an NYPD spokeswoman said.



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Erin Mosley

Erin Mosley writes for the Hollywood section of Newzinto.