The woman who climbed the statue of Liberty on July 4th last year to protest against the separation of migrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border faced court on Tuesday and was sentenced to five years’ probation and 200 hours of community service.
Therese Patricia Okoumou was sentenced in New York and attended the sentencing with her face covered with sticky tape. The irritated judge refused to proceed until she removed it. Patricia was convicted last December for trespassing and attempting to climb the outside of the Statue of Liberty last 4 July, then refusing to come down, as police helicopters circled the monument and evacuated the monument.
Outside a federal court in Manhattan, @RoccoNY1 caught up with Patricia Okoumou, whose mouth was taped shut. He still asked her a few questions.
She is set to be sentenced today for climbing the Statue of Liberty. pic.twitter.com/P0KrhyTWV1
— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) March 19, 2019
Patricia taped her mouth to protest against what she said are restrictions to her freedom of expression in relation to her determination to carry out direct action-style protest over immigration rights. U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein pardoned Patricia from prison for her conviction on multiple misdemeanor counts though he berated her for what he thought was a lack of concern for rescuers whose safety she jeopardized, he said.
Attorney Ron Kuby said, “Nothing is ruled out, nothing is ruled in … The faster the Trump administration manages to reunify the children ripped from their parents, the faster this issue goes into the dust bin of history where it belongs.”
After turning up in court with fellow activists in support, Patricia told the judge, “I do not need probation, and I do not belong in prison. I am not a criminal.” The judge made it clear if she commits a crime in the future she will get jail time, DeAngelis reported. After she was arrested last year, a GoFundMe page for her cause raised more than $23,000.
A man who says he’s associated with Patricia Okoumou says she’s climbed the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower and the Border Patrol museum in El Paso all to protest US immigration policy.
— Jordan Bontke (@JBontkeCBS) February 20, 2019
Theresa Okoumou arrives for her sentencing for climbing the Statue of Liberty on July 4 to protest Pres. Trump's zero-tolerance immigration policy that divided families at the southern border. She may face jail time. https://t.co/NdfK4CWHfs pic.twitter.com/MRk2Htb8F8
— ABC News (@ABC) March 19, 2019
I see people saying she should have gotten more or got what she deserved. Disgusting. It was a peaceful protest that harmed no one.
— James Crouch (@gimpn8ez) March 19, 2019
Patricia Okoumou arrives at court ahead of her sentencing this morning. She put tape over her mouth when I attempted to ask her a question. She shook her head “yes” when I asked if she would continue to climb buildings in protest after today’s sentencing. @ABC7NY pic.twitter.com/TeBVPdMyzX
— Candace McCowan (@CandaceMcCowan7) March 19, 2019
First responders reached a woman who attempted to scale the Statue of Liberty after several hours following her protest of Trump's immigration policy. https://t.co/pFZNhfVrLn
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) July 4, 2018