Statue of Liberty climber awaits court appearance in NY

Statue of Liberty climber awaits court appearance in NY

Statue of Liberty climber awaits court appearance in NY

Court papers also charged Okoumou with resisting arrest by refusing to leave her perch by the bottom of the statue's robes, about 100 feet (30 meters) above ground.

Police climbed after the woman, positioning ladders and negotiators in the hopes of talking her down.

Earlier, other protesters unfurled a banner over a railing around the base of the statue saying "Abolish ICE!" In a statement (which some believed seemed like the org was distancing itself from Therese), it said, "In solidarity with Saturday's nationwide End Family Separation protests, on July 4th, Rise and Resist planned and executed a non-violent banner drop and human banner action at the Statue of Liberty".

She reportedly refused to come down until all of the migrant children being held in detention centers were set free and reunited with their parents.

As they approached, she initially moved away, took off her shoes and appeared to be starting to climb further.

Television images showed two officers in climbing harnesses and helmets grabbing the woman as she reclined near the upturned right foot of the giant statue. U.S. Park Police and NYPD officers spent hours trying to talk her down.

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Sixteen highly skilled cops used a series of ropes to climb the monument and make the arrest, ESU explained. "At first, she wasn't friendly with us, but we took the time to get a rapport with her so that took a while", he said. A group called "Rise and Resist" had protested the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's behavior, with "Abolish ICE" banners at the landmark. After a three hour standoff, police officers cornered the woman and helped her down, then took her into custody. Some 2,300 children have been separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May.

Liberty Island has been evacuated while they attempt to get her down, according to Jerry Willis with the National Park Service.

In 2000, 12 people protesting the Navy's use of the Puerto Rican Island of Vieques for bombing exercises were arrested after a man climbed out on the spires of the statue's crown and attached flags and banners to it.

The protest - which fell on Independence Day when the majority of Americans are on a public holiday - came after Mr Trump was labelled a "wasteman" for his border policy by the lord mayor of Sheffield.

Donning a "white supremacy is terrorism" shirt outside of the courthouse on Thursday, Okoumou said her decision was "spur of the moment".

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