The activist who caused the Statue of Liberty to be evacuated on the Fourth of July has been charged with trespassing, interference with government agency functions and disorderly conduct for scaling the icon of freedom.
She faces up to a year and a half in prison if convicted.
Manhattan federal prosecutors on Thursday charged Therese Okoumou, 44, with three misdemeanor counts for climbing to the base of the Statue of Liberty on Wednesday and resisting orders to come down as she straddled Lady Liberty’s right foot.
They say the stunt deserves prison time because the protest caused a mass evacuation of Liberty Island and posed risk to the NYPD officers who were ordered to retrieve her.
Okoumou, a resident of Staten Island, was to be presented in Manhattan federal court later Thursday.
On Wednesday, Okoumou told investigators she was part of a group protest organized by Rise and Resist NYC to protest President Trump’s immigration policies.
The activists unfurled a banner on Liberty Island less than an hour before her climb that read: “ABOLISH ICE.”
“While we must and do respect the rights of the people to peaceable protest, that right does not extend to breaking the law in ways that put others at risk,” Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey Berman said in a statement.
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