A woman who climbed the Statue of Liberty on Independence Day, leading to all tourists being evacuated, is now in police custody.
But members of the group said they had no idea she was going to scale the statue that day.
The protestor scaling the base of the famed monument was caught and rescued by federal Park Police at around 5:30 Wednesday evening.
The banner said "Abolish I.C.E.", referring to part of the Department of Homeland Security.
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A woman appeared in a USA court Thursday for attempting to scale the Statue of Liberty to protest President Donald Trump's administration's separation of migrant families, a stunt that forced the monument's evacuation on Independence Day.
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 Statue of Liberty has always been a welcoming symbol for immigrants and refugees coming to the U.S. It also has been a setting for protests and other activities that forced evacuations.
A woman has climbed the bottom of the Statue of Liberty in New York City. Footage from helicopters showed her sitting at the base of the statue, occasionally lying on her stomach and kicking her feet up behind her, ABC station WABC reported. At one point, she removed her sneakers and tried to climb higher on the statue but wasn't able to get any higher.
The U.S. Parks Police evacuated Liberty Island during officers' standoff with Okoumou.
Police have reached a person who scaled the base of the Statue of Liberty on the Fourth of July and appear to be trying to escort her down. It also was taking a closer look at the statue to see if there was any damage, though that's unlikely, he said. She was reportedly arrested previous year for injuring an officer while she was being apprehended during a protest outside of the Department of Labor and was also quoted at an anti-Trump protest outside Sen.