Woman Who Scaled Statue Of Liberty Was Protesting Trump's Immigration Policies

Police: Newspaper gunman planned deadly attack carefully

Police: Newspaper gunman planned deadly attack carefully

Okoumou allegedly "staged a unsafe stunt that alarmed the public and endangered her own life and the lives of the (New York Police Department) officers who responded to the scene", U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said in a statement.

Police are negotiating with a protester who has climbed the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, in an apparent protest against the Trump administration's immigration policies.

Last February, a banner was hung from the observation deck of the Statue of Liberty reading "Refugees Welcome".

ICE stands for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and has been the target of numerous protests across the U.S. since the Trump administration began separating thousands of children from their families as they tried to cross the Mexico border illegally.

Rise and Resist says the climber had "has no connection to our #abolishice action earlier today". After they were arrested, another person managed to climb the monument's base and stay there for over three hours.

She laid by Lady Liberty's foot, roughly 100 feet off the ground, swinging her legs, waving below and even taking off her shoes to try to climb farther. U.S. Park Police and NYPD officers spent hours trying to talk her down.

In a statement, the group said they supported Okoumou and that members are "working to secure the best legal representation" for her. Willis says police are atop the base, advising the climber to go down. Shortly after her ascent, tourists were told that the island was being evacuated.

Before the protester's climb, activists from a group called "Rise and Resist" hung a banner with a message about abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement from the statue.

Liberty Park was evacuated on Wednesday afternoon after a protester climbed onto the Statue of Liberty.

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. "I'm really sad for people who had to leave the island or who weren't able to get over here at all".

National Park Service officers arrested at least seven, charging them with staging an "unlawful protest" on the national landmark.

"We don't know whether she had this planned before she ever got to Liberty Island or whether it was a spur-of-the-moment decision", Walker said.

Protests and evacuations at the Statue of Liberty are rare but not unheard of.

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

It is not yet clear exactly why the woman scaled the structure.

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