he woman under arrest for climbing the Statue of Liberty on July 4 is an immigrant from Africa with a history of violence towards police.
Therese Okoumou has been a member of the anti-Trump activist group “Rise and Resist” for several months, and and reportedly attends at least one protest a week. Her attendance at one of those protests last year turned violent, and she was arrested when she fought with cops trying to put her in an ambulance, kicking one, which led to charges for assault on a police officer.
Okoumou works as a personal trainer, and arrived from the Congo as an immigrant ten years ago. Her current immigration status is not yet clear.
During a “Rise and Resist” protest at the Statue of Liberty on July 4, Okoumou avoided arrest by officers by climbing the pedestal and perching herself at the statue’s feet. He sat there for over two hours before authorities were able to snatch her and force her to come down.
She was wearing a shirt that read ‘Rise and Resist’ on one side and ‘Trump Care Makes Us Sick’ on the other.
“Rise and Resist” members tried to hang a banner outside of the statue saying “Abolish ICE’ banner before authorities moved in to stop them. Okoumou then started climbing, which “Rise and Resist” organizers claim they were unaware she was going to do.
The personal trainer was arrested in August 2017 for trespassing and obstruction of government administration during a demonstration at the New York Department of Labor, reported the New York Daily News.
Okoumou was also charged with misdemeanor assault after striking an officer with her foot while flailing on the ground in an attempt to avoid being put into an ambulance.
Although Rise and Resist say they do not condone her decision to climb the Statue of Liberty, member Jay Walker said she had been a member for ‘four or five months’ who came along to a protest most weeks.
According to records, she also has a history of suing people, accusing them of racism.
In 2003, she unsuccessfully filed a wrongful-termination lawsuit, claiming racial discrimination after she was fired from a battered woman’s home.
Four years later, she unsuccessfully filed a human rights complaint against a group home in Staten Island for racial discrimination.
And in 2009, she won $1,500 off a towing company, County Recovery, after she accused an employee of calling her a ‘n*****’ and saying she should be shipped back to Africa, reported Heavy.
Tito Rivera, the superintendent in Okoumou’s apartment building, said her latest stunt came as no surprise. ‘She’s very outspoken about the Trump administration,’ he said.