Statue Of Liberty Climber Due In Court

Police: Newspaper gunman planned deadly attack carefully

WATCH LIVE: Woman climbs base of Statue of Liberty in New York

After a court appearance on misdemeanor charges, Therese Patricia Okoumou, a naturalised United States 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.

After she climbed the base of the statue, Okoumou reportedly told police she was refusing to get down until "all the children are released".

Her attorney, Rhidaya Shodhan Trivedi, told reporters: "We are going to keep fighting until family separation is a thing of the past".

Okoumou, a 44-year-old naturalized citizen who immigrated from the Republic of Congo in 1994, was met with applause as she spoke outside court, saying that while she wouldn't repeat her actions, she believes her message got across.

But members of the group said they had no idea she was going to scale the statue that day.

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.

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

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

Rise and Resist NYC, which organised the protest, said the woman's climb had not been part of the group's plans. In a democracy we do not rip children-we do not put children in cages, period.

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

Visitors were forced to leave Liberty Island hours before its normal 6.15pm closing time, he said. "Trump has wrecked this country apart".

The National Park Service said on Thursday that more than 4,000 visitors were evacuated from Liberty Island as a precaution.

"Michelle Obama, our beloved First Lady that I care about so much, said when they go low, we go high".

The Staten Island woman who scaled the Statue of Liberty on July 4 - putting emergency responders at risk and forcing tourists and New Yorkers off the icon on one of its busiest days - showed no remorse Thursday as the feds hit her with criminal charges. Walker later said she was involved but others had no idea she would make the climb, which wasn't part of the planned protest. Now a federal court has ordered that the USPS must pay $3.5 million for its mistake.

If convicted, Okoumou could face up to six months in prison for each count.

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