Woman climbs Statue of Liberty in standoff with police

Cheryl Sanders
July 5, 2018

A woman protesting U.S. 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.

A woman was arrested Wednesday after she climbed the State of Liberty to protest the Trump administration's immigration policies, officials said.

Rise and Resist opposes President Donald Trump's administration and advocates ending deportations and family separations at the border. While on the statue, she lay by the bottom edge of the statue's robe, walked around and sat perched against the statue.

She was arrested by two rappelling police officers after an hours-long standoff on America's Independence Day.

"We got towards the ferry to ride back and we saw the SWAT team get off, and the police officers came with their harness and the helicopters, so we were like, yeah, we just need to go", she told CNN. "She climbed without our knowledge". It is not known if the woman or the protesters presented any danger to others, but the incident did lead to the island's evacuation.

At least six people were arrested for hanging a banner around the base of the statue that read "Abolish ICE", referring to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency at the forefront of the immigration debate.

Activists say they hung the banner to protest US immigration policy. He said federal rules do not allow banners to hang at the monument, which is run by the park service.

"We assume that she is protesting", Willis said, based on the woman's remarks to police.

The Rise and Resist protesters acknowledged that the woman who climbed the statue participated in the unfurling of the banner but that her later actions were not part of their protest.

Earlier in the afternoon, protesters with the Rise and Resist movement displayed a protest banner on the lower portion of the monument. I think the turning point was when we had a good rapport with her.

Willis told CNN that Okoumou was in federal custody and would be transported to a U.S. Marshals office in Manhattan.

A woman was charged on Thursday with misdemeanor trespassing and disorderly conduct for climbing the base of the Statue of Liberty on a busy Fourth of July in what prosecutors called a "dangerous stunt".

The island was evacuated while police tried to get the woman down.

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