Statue of Liberty climber charged for "dangerous stunt"

Statue of Liberty climber charged for

Statue of Liberty climber charged for "dangerous stunt"

On Wednesday, the National Park Service shut down Liberty Island after Okoumou climbed to the base of the Statue of Liberty and refused to come down.

Therese Patricia Okoumou, 44, was arrested on Wednesday after she climbed the statue's pedestal and began a three-hour standoff with police that led to the evacuation of the landmark on the Fourth of July holiday, celebrating US independence.

It took four hours before the police could get Okoumou down, after which she was taken into custody. "She would not come down by voice command", National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis said.

Jay Walker, an organizer with Rise and Resist which opposes the Trump administration's policies, aaid the other demonstrators had no idea Okoumou would make the ascent, which wasn't part of the planned protest.

Activists packed into a Manhattan courtroom cheered when a federal magistrate judge released Therese Okoumou without bail after she had spent the night behind bars.

The officers recounted their heroics during FOX 5 NY morning program 'Good Day New York'.

A member of the group "Rise and Resist" which also hung a banner urging "Abolish ICE", Okoumou had earlier pleaded not guilty in a Manhattan court to multiple federal misdemeanor charges - trespassing, interference with government agency functions, and disorderly conduct. Okoumou, as usual, went high.

I can think of no better time than the fourth of July, nor no better way to draw attention to the violence that is being done in the name of borders than to physically transcend those hallowed words at the base of the Statue of Liberty: Give me your exhausted, your poor, your huddled masses. "We understand and share her desire to see the immediate release of children from detention and reunion with their parents".

"When they go low, we go high, and I went as high as I could", Okoumou said, paraphrasing former first lady Michelle Obama.

"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 lawyer, Rhiya Trivedi, said. After much outrage, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to end this policy (even though it's his administration that enacted it in the first place), but this action hasn't helped reunite all of the about 2,000 families torn apart. Court papers also charged Therese Okoumou with resisting arrest by refusing to leave her perch by the bottom of the statue's robes, about 100 feet above ground.

The incident forced authorities to evacuate Liberty Island on a sweltering holiday afternoon when thousands usually visit the statue, a symbol of American freedom that has stood in the New York Harbor since 1886. She is due back in court August 3.

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