- A woman climbed onto the base of the Statue of Liberty on Wednesday, prompting authorities to evacuate Liberty Island.
- Police finally reached her roughly three hours later and were able to escort her away after some time.
- Seven people were also arrested after hanging an “Abolish ICE” banner on the statue’s pedestal, and the climber was reportedly part of this group.
Police finally captured a person who scaled the base of the Statue of Liberty on the Fourth of July.
After four hours after climbing to the statue’s pedastal, she is now in police custody, reported CNN.
News helicopter video earlier showed two New York Police Department officers, attached to tethers, climb up to the base around 6:15 p.m. As they approached, she initially moved away, took off her shoes and appeared to be starting to climb further.
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Then she sat against the statue’s foot, and the officers went up to her and attached a harness to her. Live video footage posted by news networks showed authorities attempting to coax the woman down.
She eventually climbed down to the observation point with an officer.
A National Parks spokesperson told local media the woman will be charged with trespass “at a minimum” and will be transported to Lower Manhattan after being processed on Ellis Island.
Liberty Island was evacuated earlier in the day.
Seven people who hung a banner calling for abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement from the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal on the Fourth of July were also arrested.
The banner said “Abolish ICE,” referring to the agency in charge of arresting and deporting immigrants who are in the United States illegally, among other duties.
The group has said the climber was involved in their demonstration but climbing the Statue of Liberty had not been part of their plans, according to Associated Press.
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