Jeremy Clinch, the 25-year-old homeless man captured on video brawling with another Occupy Wall Street protester, spoke to the New York Post after the incident and defended his violent actions.
In a rambling, profanity-laced interview, Clinch said it started because he saw a police officer "body slam" someone, which upset him. That set him off screaming and yelling and kicking a protester's tent. The man in the tent, Recai “Rocky” Iskender, emerged and the two fought, ending when Iskender punched Clinch in the face.
"If somebody's violent with me I'm going to get violent with them," Clinch said, despite the fact that it appeared his kick to Iskender's tent was unprovoked.
He confirmed he had a criminal background and said he had been in a mental institution for seven years, though he was very insistent on making it clear he is not currently on any medication.
Clinch shared more his thoughts on the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests with the Post, telling the paper demonstrators are "doing them wrong" just "laying in tents and f**king not doing anything."
Watch the full interview below, via the New York Post:
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