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Judge releases Statue of Liberty climber

07 July 2018, 09:41 | Erica Roy

Police talk to a woman who climbed to the base of the Statue of Liberty

Police talk to a woman who climbed to the base of the Statue of Liberty

Okoumou, a US citizen who immigrated from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1994, pled not guilty to charges of misdemeanor trespassing, interference with government agency functions and disorderly conduct, according to CBS.

Willis says at least six people were taken into custody then.

According to the New York Daily News, law enforcement attempted to talk the woman down for several hours before they used climbing gear to apprehend her.

Therese Patricia Okoumou walked out of the Federal Courthouse in Lower Manhattan Thursday. "But we were persistent, stayed up there", Emergency Service Unit Detective Brian Glacken told reporters on Thursday morning. About 16 officers participated in the rescue, police said.

Therese Okoumou told police she climbed the statue to protest President Donald Trump's immigration policy.

Police eventually brought her to safety.

Liberty Island is being evacuated after a woman began scaling the State of Liberty on July 4. "We don't condemn her for the choice she made, and we're going to do anything we can to support her", he said.


"The Statue of Liberty was a reassuring sign that they had arrived in the land of their dreams", the park service says.

Television footage on Wednesday showed two officers, outfitted in harnesses and ropes, slowly approaching a woman and grabbing her as she clung to the sloping side of the more-than-300-foot-high (91 meter) statue, moments after she tried unsuccessfully to scale Lady Liberty's robes.

After a court appearance on misdemeanor charges, Therese Patricia Okoumou, a naturalised U.S. citizen from Congo, told reporters that she climbed the landmark as a spur-of-the moment protest over the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policies.

His one-time "zero tolerance" practice of separating migrant parents from their children at the Mexican border triggered global condemnation.

NEW YORK An unrepentant protester who climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty on a busy Fourth of July in what prosecutors called a "dangerous stunt" pleaded not guilty on Thursday to misdemeanor trespassing and disorderly conduct. Okoumou kept her stance for the next three hours, sometimes walking on the pedestal, waving a T-shirt that said, "Trump Care Makes Us Sick" or lying on her stomach.

Leftists like to recite a verse from the base of the Statue of Liberty every time debates on immigration break out. 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".



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