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Man again climbs Phoenix-area light pole for veterans’ awareness

PHOENIX — For the second time in two months, a man climbed a light pole in a Phoenix suburb to protest for veterans’ health awareness.

The Surprise Police Department said it arrested 36-year-old Michael Lewis-Arthur Meyer after he climbed the pole near Bell and Waddell roads early Thursday morning. He held a sign that read “Veteran suicides 22 per day.”

He voluntarily climbed down about 7:45 a.m. and was arrested.

Last month, Meyer climbed a pole at the same recreational field and displayed the American flag upside down for several hours before he was removed from the pole arrested.

An Army veteran, Edwin Alex Cordero, said Meyer was advocating for him last month.

“He was up there because he’s trying to get me help,” he said.

Meyer will face trespassing charges for each incident.