Parkland father climbs crane near White House, demands Biden do more on gun control

Manuel Oliver's son, Joaquin, was killed in the school shooting four years ago.

February 14, 2022, 5:12 PM

On Monday's fourth anniversary of the Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting, during which his son was killed, Manuel Oliver climbed atop a construction crane near the White House and unfurled a banner calling on President Joe Biden to do more to get gun control legislation passed, police said.

PHOTO: Manuel Oliver displays a banner asking government to prioritize gun violence prevention from a construction crane near the White House in Washington, D.C., Feb. 14, 2022. Oliver's son Joaquin Oliver was killed in the Parkland School shooting.
Manuel Oliver displays a banner asking government to prioritize gun violence prevention from a construction crane near the White House in Washington, D.C., Feb. 14, 2022. Oliver's son Joaquin Oliver was killed in the Parkland School shooting.
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The large banner depicted an image of his son, Joaquin Oliver, who was one of 17 victims in the shooting at the high school in Parkland, Florida, and read "45K PEOPLE DIED FROM GUN VIOLENCE ON YOUR WATCH."

Oliver climbed down the crane with another individual at approximately 10 a.m., and was met by officers who escorted him into an ambulance in handcuffs for a brief moment before he was led away, ABC affiliate WJLA reported and police later confirmed.

PHOTO: Manuel Oliver is escorted by DC Metro police after displaying a banner from a crane near the White House asking to prioritize gun violence prevention, in Washington, Feb. 14, 2022. Oliver's son Joaquin was killed in the Parkland School shooting
Manuel Oliver is escorted by DC Metro police after being arrested for hanging a banner from a construction crane near the White House calling on lawmakers to prioritize gun violence prevention on Feb. 14, 2022 in Washington, D.C. Oliver's son Joaquin Oliver was on of 17 people killed in the Parkland School shooting four years ago today.
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In a video posted to Twitter early Monday morning, Oliver said he asked for a meeting with Biden a month ago that never happened. Oliver said he hopes the "whole world will listen to Joaquin."

PHOTO: Manuel Oliver displays a banner asking government to prioritize gun violence prevention from a construction crane near the White House in Washington, D.C., Feb. 14, 2022. Oliver's son Joaquin Oliver was killed in the Parkland School shooting.
Manuel Oliver displays a banner calling on government officials to prioritize gun violence prevention from a construction crane near the White House in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 14, 2022. Oliver's son Joaquin Oliver was killed in the Parkland School shooting four years ago today.
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"Two other individuals were located on a crane near the location. At approximately 10:06 am, the two individuals located on the crane were taken into custody as well. Preliminarily, three individuals were arrested from the scene," D.C. police said.

In a statement marking the shooting's anniversary, Biden said his administration stands with the Parkland families, "Americans in every corner of our country who have lost loved ones to gun violence or had their lives forever altered by a shooting" and "those working to end this epidemic of gun violence."

PHOTO: Manuel Oliver comes down from a crane near the White House after displaying a banner asking government to prioritize gun violence prevention, in Washington, D.C., Feb. 14, 2022. Oliver's son Joaquin Oliver was killed in the Parkland School shooting
Manuel Oliver comes down from a construction crane near the White House after displaying a banner asking government to prioritize gun violence prevention, in Washington, D.C., Feb. 14, 2022. Oliver's son Joaquin Oliver was killed in the Parkland School shooting.
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"I have put forward a comprehensive plan to reduce gun crime that includes curbing the proliferation of "ghost" guns, cracking down on gun dealers who willfully violate the law, issuing model extreme risk protection order legislation for states, and promoting safe firearm storage, among other efforts," Biden wrote.

ABC News' Davone Morales contributed to this report.

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