The woman who climbed up the Statue of Liberty on the 4th of July for three hours, prompting an evacuation of the island and an emergency police response, is now facing charges of trespassing, interference with government agency functions, and disorderly conduct.
"Our beloved first lady that I care so much about said that when they go low, we go high, and I went as high as I could", Okoumou said, noting she would not climb the Statue of Liberty again because "the judge told me not to".
The group initially denied any connection to the climber, saying in a tweet, "The climber on the Statue of Liberty has no connection to our #abolishice action earlier today". But, Quinn said, her climb was not part of the planned protest.
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They hooked her into a harness before making their way down. U.S. Park Police and NYPD officers spent hours trying to talk her down.
Owing to the situation, people on their way to Liberty Island were not allowed to enter the park and people already there were evacuated.
A woman protesting United States immigration policy climbed the Statue of Liberty's base and forced the monument's evacuation on the Fourth of July hours after several other demonstrators had hung a banner on the statue's pedestal and had been arrested.
She allegedly refused to leave the building and police claim she flailed her arms and legs around while lying on the ground, striking an officer in the process. The Fourth of July is one of the busiest days at the monument; typically, about 20,000 tourists visit during the holiday. "She was on the copper of a national icon", Willis said, adding that the copper is very thin and malleable. Earlier that afternoon, seven people were apprehended for holding a banner that read "ABOLISH ICE" off the base below the statue, which is technically called Fort Hood.
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Jay W. Walker, another organizer, told New York Times that although Okoumou was an active member of Rise and Resist, she did not coordinate her plans with the group that day.
She is expected to appear in Manhattan Federal Court Thursday.
National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis says at least six people were taken into custody Wednesday.
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