Sunbury News calls her the”unrepentant protester”. The woman who climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty on a busy Fourth of July in what prosecutors called a “dangerous stunt” pleaded not guilty on Thursday (July 5) to misdemeanor trespassing and disorderly conduct.
Activists packed into a Manhattan courtroom cheered when a federal magistrate judge released Therese Patricia Okoumou without bail after she had spent the night behind bars. Okoumou responded by raising her fist and blowing kisses to her supporters.
Outside court, the naturalized U.S. citizen from Congo said she climbed the landmark as a spur-of-the-moment protest over the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policies.
Okoumou is facing numerous charges, including trespassing, interference with government agency functions and disorderly conduct for scaling the icon of freedom, according to the New York Post.
However, she appeared outside Manhattan federal court Friday wearing a dress that said, “I really care, why won’t u?” before beginning what she called her “song.” “America, you motherf–kers! You drug addicts! You KKK! You fascist USA,” Fox Insider reported.
Political stunts in New York City have historically not resulted in maximum penalties from judges and juries, which will likely be the case for Statue of Liberty climber Okoumou, according to a legal expert.
Assessed with misdemeanor charges of trespassing, interference with government agency functions and disorderly conduct, Okoumou was released on her own recognizance after she pleaded not guilty in federal court Thursday.
Okoumou, who climbed to the base of the Statue of Liberty on July 4 to protest the Trump administration’s now-reversed “zero-tolerance” immigration policy, does not have a First Amendment defense, since she “violated laws to make a political point,” according to Bennett Capers, criminal law professor at Brooklyn Law School.
Okoumou’s bellowing ‘song’ stands as more proof of the instability of the radical far-left. Liberals have really fallen far from the JFK Democrats the party once stood for. What remains is this disgusting, shameless and absurdly unorganized mess we see today.