Statue of Liberty climber addresses reporters

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Police officers watched from below as they attempted to coax her down, then brought out a ladder and other climbing gear to physically get to her. NYPD's highly trained emergency services and aviation units were responding along with U.S. Park Police.

She climbed the statue around 3 p.m and continued to climb (even resting at the feet of Lady Liberty at one point) for about three hours until law enforcement arrived and carefully helped her down.

The group did release a statement offering its support for Okoumou, explaining that all along they were concerned for her safety and are now looking for legal representation for her.

Rise & Resist organizers posted a tweet Wednesday, insisting Okoumou's actions were not part of the plan.

The climber's safety was in question for hours as she played cat-and-mouse with NY police and Park Service officers trying to coax her out from among the green copper folds of the Statue of Liberty's robe.

The protestor scaling the base of the famed monument was caught and rescued by federal Park Police at around 5:30 Wednesday evening. Rise and Resist New York said, "The Climber on the Statue of Liberty has no connection to our #abolishice action earlier today".

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The Independence Day protests are far from the first to call for an end to Trump administration immigration policies.

Therese Okoumou said Thursday after a court appearance on misdemeanor charges that her protest was spontaneous as was directed at President Donald Trump's immigration policy. The island was being evacuated as a precaution.

Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman accused Okoumou of staging "a risky stunt that alarmed the public and endangered her own life" and those of police.

Officers used harnesses and rops to approach the woman and grab her as she clung to the sloping side of the 91-metre-high statue.

The woman, Therese Okoumou, told police she was protesting the separation of immigrant children from parents who cross the U.S. -Mexico border illegally, according to a federal official who was briefed on what happened but wasn't authorized to discuss it and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Earlier, other protesters unfurled a banner over a railing around the base of the statue saying "Abolish ICE!" Visitors are being taken away via ferry. Police were forced to scale the statue to pull her down. She was arrested in August 2017 for trespassing and obstruction of government administration during a demonstration at the New York Department of Labor, reported the New York Daily News.

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