Police apprehend Statue of Liberty climber; Liberty Island evacuated

Woman tries to climb Statue of Liberty in apparent protest of ICE

Woman tries to climb Statue of Liberty in apparent protest of ICE

Police say Therese Patricia Okoumou, 44, passed through security and climbed up Lady Liberty around 3:30 p.m. on the Fourth of July and was taken into police custody about three hours later.

Police climbed after the woman, positioning ladders and negotiators in the hopes of talking her down. Rise and Resist is the name of a protest group that arranged the banner display, and they tweeted that the climber "has no connection to our #abolishice action earlier today".

It's unclear whether the climb is related to the earlier banner demonstration. For almost three hours, she sat at the base of the statue, sometimes sitting in the folds of the statue's dress and under Lady Liberty's sandal. CBS New York reports that NYPD officers may have to rappel down the monument to restrain the woman if she continues to refuse to come down on her own.

As they approached, she initially moved away, took off her shoes and appeared to be starting to climb further. "She climbed without our knowledge".

The US Parks Police evacuated the island as a precaution as they tried to bring her down.

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

Liberty Island in NY has been evacuated after a protester climbed its iconic statue in a demonstration against Donald Trump's controversial border policy. Shortly before the climber scaled the statue's base, forcing its evacuation on the Fourth of July, several people who hung a banner from the Statue of Liberty's pedestal calling for abolishing the federal government's chief immigration enforcement agency were arrested. She was reportedly arrested a year ago for injuring an officer while she was being apprehended during a protest outside of the Department of Labor and was also quoted at an anti-Trump protest outside Sen.

On Wednesday, Okoumou told investigators she was part of a group protest organized by Rise and Resist NYC to protest Trump's immigration policies.

The climber displayed a shirt that reads "Rise and Resist" and "Trump Care Makes Us Sick".

As a result of Trump's crackdown, distraught children were separated from their families and, according to widely broadcast pictures, held in chain-link enclosures. NBC reported from law enforcement sources that she said she would come down when "All the children have been released".

Images on social media show the large banner unfurled at the base of the statue.

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