Wearing a "Rise and Resist" T-shirt, Okoumou spent almost four hours on the statue, the fabled symbol of welcome to immigrants in NY harbor, forcing police into a risky retrieval mission and causing the evacuation of Liberty Island on Wednesday.
A group that organized a protest at the statue earlier Wednesday says she also took part in unfurling a banner at the statue's pedestal, but they did not know about Okoumou's plans to make the climb after their demonstration was over.
Okoumou was protesting with Rise and Resist, a group committed "to opposing, disrupting and defeating any government act that threatens democracy, equality, and our civil liberties", according to the group's website.
Emergency Service Unit Detective Brian Glacken said Okoumou initially threatened to push them off the 150-foot perch before allowing them to retrieve her.
Okoumou pleaded not guilty to all three charges in federal court on Thursday and was released on her own recognizance.
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She told the crowd: 'Trump has wrecked this country apart. Okoumou, who emigrated from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1994, highlighted her opposition to the Trump administration and its immigration policies. "I wouldn't have done it", said the President, "I would have said, 'Let's get some nets, and let's wait till she comes down".
Okoumou, wearing a "White Supremacy Is Terrorism" shirt, spoke about her protest, saying "Michelle Obama, our beloved First Lady that I care about so much, said when they go low, we go high".
She allegedly refused to leave the building and police claim she flailed her arms and legs around while lying on the ground, striking an officer in the process.
For almost three hours, Okoumou crossed the base of Lady Liberty and refused orders from police to get down. Average attendance for the Fourth of July is 20,000 to 25,000 people, he added.
The park service also was taking a closer look at the statue to see if there was any damage, though that's unlikely, Willis said.
"That statue has been out in the middle of New York Harbor for 130 years - with hurricanes and lightning and everything that nature has thrown at her", he said.
Okoumou, of Staten Island, was born and educated in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but she has lived in NY for at least 10 years now, records have indicated. "She's survived quite well". Okoumou, as usual, went high.