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A woman who climbed the Statue of Liberty in the summer in protest of the Trumpet, administration was found guilty Monday for the “dangerous stunt” that federal prosecutors say endangered the police.
Therese “Patricia” Okoumou was charged with trespassing, interfering with agency functions and disorderly conduct after the event on 4 July, in which they pleaded not guilty. Okoumou faces up to 18 months in prison.
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A native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who now lives in Staten Island, Okoumou was represented by Michael Avenatti.
Okoumou protested Trump’s immigration policy on the Day of the Independence, when she climbed up at the foot of Lady Liberty, around 25 metres above the monument of the place of observation, and refused to leave. The national park was closed early as a precaution.
Patricia Okoumou runs out for the federal district court of her arrest on July 5, a day after authorities say they scaled the stone pedestal of the Statue of Liberty to protest against US immigration policy.
The woman was held by two New York Police Department officers about four hours later. More than a dozen POLICE officers, Emergency Service Unit officers were involved in the rescue.
Okoumou “endangered himself and the NYPD and U.S. Park police officers who saved and held her,” the U. S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York said in a statement Monday.
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“The act of climbing from the foot of the statue of liberty was then peaceful protest is a right that we certainly respect,” Attorney Geoffrey Berman said. “It was a crime that put people in serious danger.”
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A NYPD detective at the time said Okoumou was “in principle there is to say about the children in Texas.” Almost 2,000 children were separated from their parents earlier this year after the Trump administration announced a “zero-tolerance” policy with regard to immigrants who enter the U.S. illegally.
In court on Monday, Okoumou said images from the southern border with Mexico gave her nightmares, adding that she could not live with the eyes of children ” in cages.”
Before they scaled the historical landmark, Okoumou in a demonstration of action, to Rise and Resist that hung a banner with the text “the ABOLITION of ICE” from the image of the pedestal. The group said that they had no idea Okoumou planned to the scale of the Statue of Liberty.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.