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Statue of Liberty climber pleads not guilty to trespassing

Statue of Liberty climber pleads not guilty to trespassing

Okoumou had been on Liberty Island with a group of protesters from Rise and Resist, which earlier in the day hung a large "Abolish ICE" banner from the pedestal of the statue.

In pink sneakers and waving a shirt that read "Trump Care Makes Us Sick", the determined climber remained at the edge of the statue's copper robes for about three hours, as police pleaded with her to come down.

Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman accused Okoumou of staging "a unsafe stunt that alarmed the public and endangered her own life" and those of police.

The National Park Service chose to evacuate more than 4,000 visitors from Liberty Island on Wednesday out of an abundance of caution, spokesman Jerry Willis said.

Okoumou is affiliated with the protest group Rise and Resist, according to Martin Joseph Quinn, an organizer of the group.

Therese Okoumou is surrounded by supporters as she leaves Federal court on July 5, 2018, in NY.

Okoumou is expected to appear in Manhattan Federal Court on Thursday afternoon, where she'll likely face misdemeanor charges including trespassing, disorderly conduct and violating national park regulations.

The Statue of Liberty opened for visitors again on Thursday, noting July 5 was traditionally the busiest day of the year to visit the monument.

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Trump said during a Montana campaign rally she should have been left alone until she chose to come down on her own.

The Associated Press, citing a federal source, identified the woman as Therese Okoumou, who was protesting the separation of migrant children from their parents at the border. Trump says, "Let's gets some nets, and let's wait till she comes down".

"The message was sent-no child belongs in a cage", Okoumou said.

She thanked a few people, including former first lady Michelle Obama.

Court papers also charged Okoumou with resisting arrest by refusing to leave the perch where Lady Liberty's feet stand, roughly 100 feet above ground. About 16 officers from the New York City Police Department's Emergency Service Unit worked to get her down. Average attendance for the Fourth of July is 20,000 to 25,000 people, he added.

Cruise operator Statue Cruises said it had to turn away more than 2,000 people waiting to take their tour to the famed statue. In his lawsuit, Davidson said his replica "brought a new face to the iconic statue - a face which audiences found appeared more "fresh-faced, ' "sultry" and even 'sexier" than the original located in NY".

The park service was reviewing security videotape to try to determine how the woman made the climb, Willis said. "She's survived quite well".

Okoumou, of Staten Island, was born and educated in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but she has lived in NY for at least 10 years now, records have indicated.


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