Statue of Liberty stamp mistake to cost US Postal Service $3.5 million

Statue of Liberty stamp mistake to cost US Postal Service $3.5 million

Statue of Liberty stamp mistake to cost US Postal Service $3.5 million

A Fourth of July protester who scaled the base of the Statue of Liberty in what prosecutors call a "dangerous stunt" will face a judge in NY.

With the dramatic scene unfolding on live television, she and the officers edged carefully around the rim of the statue's robes toward a ladder, and she climbed down about 8 metres to the monument's observation point and was taken into custody. The National Park Service made a decision to evacuate more than 4,000 visitors from Liberty Island on Wednesday "out of an abundance of caution", said spokesman Jerry Willis.

Rise and Resist NYC, which organised the protest, said the woman's climb had not been part of the group's plans. But her climb was not part of the planned protest and was done without the group's knowledge, Quinn said.

Once there, Det. Brian Glacken engaged Therese Okoumou who had climbed the exterior of the structure and then sat down by one of the statue's feet around 4 p.m.

As The New York Daily News reports, Okoumou works as a personal trainer by profession, according to a 2009 Staten Island Advance article.

Therese Patricia Okoumou, 44, appeared in Manhattan federal court and pleaded not guilty to charges of trespassing, interfering with agency functions and disorderly conduct.

Asked about it herself, Okoumou smiled and responded: "I did a pull-up".

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"Michele Obama, our beloved first lady that I care so much about, said when they go low, we go high".

I can think of no better time than the fourth of July, nor no better way to draw attention to the violence that is being done in the name of borders than to physically transcend those hallowed words at the base of the Statue of Liberty: Give me your exhausted, your poor, your huddled masses.

She continued: "Trump has wrecked this country apart". Okoumou, who emigrated from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1994, highlighted her opposition to the Trump administration and its immigration policies. "I would've said 'let's get some nets, and let's wait until she comes down".

- The 4th of July at Liberty Island was a chaotic holiday.

"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", he added. The three-hour standoff concluded with Okoumou eventually cooperating with police, who arrested her once they were safely back on the ground. Okoumou will return to court on August 3 for a status conference.

Okoumou, of Staten Island, was born and educated in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but she has lived in NY for at least 10 years now, records have indicated.

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