After more than two hours, police have apprehended a woman who climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty.
But a Rise and Resist member named Annette Guadino who participated in the banner unfurling later confirmed to News 4 that the person on the statue had been part of their protest.
Though Guadino said the group supports the woman and "certainly understand the feeling that motivated her to do this", they were very concerned for her safety.
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"She resisted at the beginning". He added that Okoumou was being "a little combative" but then conceded and cooperated with authorities. Seven protesters were arrested over the unauthorized demonstration.
The "zero-tolerance" policy has seen more than 2,300 children split from their parents since May, with anyone found to be entering the United States illegally set for arrest and prosecution.
After she was released without bail, the crowd gave her a standing ovation and one man screamed, "We love you!" while other attendees hooted.
The US Parks Police evacuated the island as a precaution as they tried to bring her down. "She's a free citizen in the world-it's a choice she made", he said. Glacken said it took about three hours to convince Okoumou to get down and she apologized to officers for having to arrest her.
Liberty Island has been evacuated while they attempt to get her down, according to Jerry Willis with the National Park Service.
Okoumou is expected to appear in Manhattan Federal Court on Thursday afternoon, where she'll likely face misdemeanor charges including trespassing, disorderly conduct and violating national park regulations. The group said the woman who climbed to the base of the statue was not involved in the "Abolish ICE" protest.
Police say Okoumou also has a prior arrest from a protest a year ago.
"ICE has proved to be a threat to our liberty and way of life, and should be abolished", said Leon Kirschner, Rise and Resist member.
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