Woman who scaled Statue of Liberty to protest immigration policy arrested

- Therese Okoumou, who goes by Patricia, walked out of federal court a free woman the day after scaling the Statue of Liberty to protest President Donald Trump's immigration policy.

Therese Okoumou is surrounded by supporters as she leaves Federal court in NY. Why can't he just say they did a good job, which Okoumou also did by thanking the Park Police in her speech?

The 44-year-old has been accusing on staging 'a risky 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, ' according to a statement from US Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman.

Okoumou, a Congolese immigrant living in Staten Island, emerged from the court building wearing a black shirt with the words: "White Supremacy is Terrorism" and was greeted by dozens of supporters.

A National Park service spokesman told CBS New York's Reena Roy Thursday that Okoumou used a ledge above a doorway on the public observation deck to hoist herself onto base of the monument.

Therese Patricia Okoumou, 44, was part of a previous protest at the base of the Statue of Liberty, where several activists from New York City-based Rise and Resist, an anti-Trump group, held a banner that said, "Abolish ICE", referring to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Her protest forced the evacuation of liberty island on one of its busiest days of the year-the 4th of July holiday.

Okoumou, 44, is a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo but now resides in Staten Island and has lived in NY for roughly a decade.


Okoumou, of Staten Island, "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.

At one point, she told authorities that she would only come down when parents are reunited with all migrant children separated due to a Trump administration policy that was reversed last month in response to domestic and worldwide outrage.

Trump said during a Montana campaign rally she should have been left alone until she made a decision to come down on her own.

All the while, NYPD officers surrounded her in helicopters and on the ground to get her down safely.

"In a democracy we do not put children in cages", Okoumou told reporters. In his lawsuit, Davidson said his replica "brought a new face to the iconic statue - a face which audiences found appeared more "fresh-faced, ' "sultry" and even 'sexier" than the original located in NY".

The name of her lawyer wasn't immediately available. "She's survived quite well".

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

  • Tracy Klein