A lady who climbed a Statue of Liberty over a summer in criticism of a Trump administration was found guilty Monday for a “dangerous stunt” that sovereign prosecutors contend concerned law coercion officers.
Therese “Patricia” Okoumou was charged with trespassing, interfering with organisation functions and unfinished control following a eventuality on Jul 4, to that she pleaded not guilty. Okoumou faces adult to 18 months in prison.
A local of a Democratic Republic of Congo who now lives in Staten Island, Okoumou was represented by Michael Avenatti.
Okoumou was protesting Trump’s immigration policies on Independence Day when she climbed adult to a bottom of Lady Liberty, roughly 25 feet above a monument’s regard point, and refused to leave. The inhabitant park was close down early as a precaution.
Patricia Okoumou walks out of sovereign justice from her prosecution on Jul 5, a day after authorities contend she scaled a mill pedestal of a Statue of Liberty to criticism U.S. immigration policy.
The lady was apprehended by dual New York Police Department officers around 4 hours later. More than a dozen NYPD Emergency Service Unit officers were concerned in a rescue.
Okoumou “endangered herself and a NYPD and U.S. Park Police officers who discovered and apprehended her,” a U.S. Attorney’s bureau for a Southern District of New York pronounced in a matter Monday.
“The act of climbing a bottom of a Statue of Liberty went good over mild protest, a right we positively respect,” Attorney Geoffrey Berman said. “It was a crime that put people during grave risk.”
An NYPD investigator during a time pronounced Okoumou was “basically adult there observant about a children in Texas.” Nearly 2,000 children were distant from their relatives progressing this year after a Trump administration announced a “zero-tolerance” policy per immigrants who enter a U.S. illegally.
In justice on Monday, Okoumou pronounced images from a southern limit with Mexico gave her nightmares, adding that she couldn’t live with a steer of “children in cages.”
Before she scaled a ancestral monument, Okoumou assimilated a proof from romantic organisation Rise and Resist who hung a ensign that review “ABOLISH ICE” from a statue’s pedestal. The organisation pronounced they had no thought Okoumou designed to scale a Statue of Liberty.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.