Woman Who Scaled Statue of Liberty in Immigration Protest Found Guilty

Therese Patricia Okoumou was reportedly found guilty of three misdemeanor counts for climbing the Statue of Liberty this summer to protest President Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. New York District Judge Gorenstein reportedly found the 44-year-old guilty of “trespassing, interference with government agency functions and disorderly conduct” on Monday. In a statement, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman called Okoumou’s July 4th protest, which forced the evacuation of Liberty Island, a “dangerous stunt... that endangered herself and the NYPD and U.S. Park Police officers who rescued and apprehended her.” Berman also said her climb went beyond “peaceful protest” and called her actions “dangerous and reckless conduct.”