The Latest: Police reach Statue of Liberty base climber
Jul. 04, 2018
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a climber on the base of the Statue of Liberty and the arrests of demonstrators who hung a banner from the statue's pedestal (all times local):
Police have reached a person who scaled the base of the Statue of Liberty on the Fourth of July and appear to be trying to escort her down.
News helicopter video 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.
Then she sat against the statue's foot, and the officers went up to her. They have since put on her shoes and attached a harness to her.
The climber has been there for about three hours, with police talking to her.
Her climb spurred the evacuation of Liberty Island.
Earlier, several people hung a banner emblazoned with a message about abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement from the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty and were arrested.
Liberty Island has been evacuated because of a climber at the Statue of Liberty.
A person climbed the statue's base on the Fourth of July shortly after several people were arrested after hanging a banner from the statue's pedestal calling for abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
News helicopter video showed the climber sitting Wednesday by the bottom of the statue's robes, about 100 feet (30 meters) aboveground. Police nearby tried to persuade the climber to descend.
Earlier, National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis said at least six people were taken into custody for the banner, which read "Abolish I.C.E.," referring to part of the Department of Homeland Security.
Willis says federal regulations prohibit hanging banners from the monument.
Banner organizing group Rise and Resist says the climber isn't connected to its demonstration.
Several people have hung a banner emblazoned with a message about abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement from the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty and have been arrested.
National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis says at least six people were taken into custody Wednesday. He says federal code of regulations prohibits hanging banners from the monument.
The large banner said "Abolish I.C.E." ICE is a division of the Department of Homeland Security whose officers arrest and deport unauthorized immigrants inside the U.S., among other duties.
Activists with the group Rise and Resist say they hung the banner to protest U.S. immigration policy. They oppose President Donald Trump's administration and advocate ending deportations and family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said the president's immigration policy is a step forward for public safety.