Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump calls Statue of Liberty climber a clown

Trump calls Statue of Liberty climber a clown

"Hopefully they know that there are people out there like Patricia ... trying to protect their civil liberties, which I would have faith that they treasure more than a trip to the Statue of Liberty", her lawyer, Rhiya Trivedi, said.

NY police assisted US Park Police to remove her from Lady Liberty.

Therese Patricia Okoumou, 45, of Staten Island, was charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct and interference with governmental administration, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The protester was charged with trespassing, interference with government agency functions for what the USA attorney called a "dangerous stunt".

"Our beloved first lady that I care so much about says that when they go low, we go high". Demonstrators unfurled a banner reading "ABOLISH ICE", referring to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Court papers also charged Okoumou with resisting arrest by refusing to leave the perch where Lady Liberty's feet stand, roughly 100 feet above ground. At around 6 p.m., police joined the woman at the statue's base-around 25 feet above the observation area-and took her into custody.

Okoumou was part of the Rise and Resist members who had hung an "Abolish I.C.E." banner from the statue earlier in the day and chose to climb the statue independently of the group.

She was arrested in August a year ago for trespassing, obstruction of government administration and misdemeanour assault during a demonstration against the state Department of Labor on Varick Street, news site Daily News reports.

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The crass pretender to the crown could likewise learn some dignity and eloquence from Okoumou, but (duh) he won't; at a deranged rally Thursday, he was his usual stately self as he sneered, "You saw that clown yesterday on the Statue of Liberty?"

They too were facing misdemeanor federal charges, Willis said.

"Let's gets some nets, and let's wait till she comes down", Trump said.

Okoumou, emigrated from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1994. Okoumou told police she was protesting the separation of immigrant children from parents who cross the U.S. -Mexico border illegally.

"In a democracy, we do not put children in cages", she added.

She was released on her own recognizance after she posted bail.

Okoumou is due back in court for a status conference on August 3. If convicted, she will face prison.

Visitors were evacuated from Liberty Island via tour boats, as two Emergency Services Unit officers climbed a ladder to the statue's base, hoping to reason with the woman.

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