Statue of Liberty climber charged for "dangerous stunt"


New York-based Rise and Resist opposes US President Donald Trump's administration and advocates ending deportations and family separations at the US-Mexico border.

Three NYPD officers from Long Island were in the national spotlight on July Fourth after helping end a standoff at the Statue of Liberty. After several people were arrested in that demonstration, Okoumou walked to another part of the statue base and refused to move "until all the [migrant] children are released", a New York City Police Department official told CNN.

But the Democratic Republic of Congo native also said Obama influenced her protest, taking her words from her speech at the 2016 Democratic convention a bit too literally.

For almost three hours, Okoumou crossed the base of Lady Liberty and refused orders from police to get down.

Police could be seen talking with the woman in an apparent attempt to coax her down via a ladder that had been secured to the statue's pedestal.

Rise and Resist said it was working to get legal representation for Okoumou.

She has reportedly been an active participant in protests against the Trump administration and is a member of the group Rise and Resist.

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A group that organized an immigration protest at the statue earlier Wednesday says she had taken part in unfurling a banner at the statue's pedestal. "She actually apologized to us for having to go up and get her", Glacken told reporters.

For tourists visiting the Statue of Liberty on Wednesday, the 4th of July was a bit more colorful than expected.

If convicted, Okoumou, 44, would face up to six months behind bars on each count.

Therese Patricia Okoumou, a.k.a. the Statue of Liberty climber, was charged with trespassing, interfering with agency functions and disorderly conduct. The evacuation of the island is purely precautionary. "We do not put children in cages, nothing you can say to me will justify putting children in cages".

But members of the group said they had no idea she was going to scale the statue that day. Trivedi answered, saying, "Hopefully they know that there are people out there like Patricia ... trying to protect their civil liberties, which I would have faith that they treasure more than a trip to the Statue of Liberty".

Her next court appearance is scheduled for August 3.

"As alleged in the information, the defendant staged a risky stunt that alarmed the public and endangered her own life and the lives of the NYPD officers who responded to the scene".