Tip: if you’re going to stage a protest, make sure that you can be heard by those who you want to hear.
And that’s precisely what Therese Patricia Okoumou, a New York resident of Congolese descent when she climbed up fo the base of the Statue of Liberty to protest the abolition of ICE. She was caught tho, and now she’s up for sentencing.
But before that, Federal Judge Gabriel Gorenstein has received permission to climb the Statue of Liberty before sentencing Okoumou.
Judge Gorenstein is handling the case of Therese Patricia Okoumou, who was found guilty in December of misdemeanor charges for climbing up to the base of the iconic statue to protest US immigration policies on July 4 – US independence day – 2018.
She said that she was deeply affected by the separation of families on the US-Mexico border and decided to climb the monument following a protest calling for the disbanding of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) law enforcement agency.
The climbing protest made headline news, with news helicopters hovering for hours at New York city cops and US Park Police struggled to convince her to come down.
Judge Gorenstein said he wanted to visit the statue ” to appreciate better the risks or hazards created by the defendant’s conduct,” NBC-4 New York reported last February 20, Friday.
Furthermore, “the Court would like a ladder to be made available to the Court (and counsel if requested) can view, while remaining on the ladder, the surface of the area where the defendant was situated on July 4, 2018,” read Mr. Gorenstein’s order, issued on Wednesday.
The National Park Service on Friday agreed to the request. A date for a visit has yet to be set.
Okoumou faces up to 18 months in prison for her protest action. But well, that’s going to depend on what Judge Gorenstein feel after he himself climb mother Liberty. /apr