Woman Who Forced Shutdown Of Statue Of Liberty Faces 18 Months In Prison On Three Federal Charges

The New York Post reports:

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 then 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. 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. ​​