Woman in police custody after scaling Statue of Liberty to protest Trump immigration policy
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A woman who attempted to scale the Statue of Liberty on July 4 was taken into police custody following a more than three-hour standoff.

The woman, still unidentified, had attempted to scale the 150-foot-tall statue after climbing Lady Liberty's pedestal earlier Wednesday.


The woman had told police she wouldn't come down until "all the children are released," the New York Police Department told CNN.

Police had evacuated visitors from the statue and harbor hours after she tried to scale the statue.

The woman reportedly climbed the Statue of Liberty while a group of people were protesting the separation of migrant families near the statue earlier on Wednesday.

According to CNN, the woman is affiliated with Rise and Resist, a New York-based group whose mission is stated as being “committed to opposing, disrupting, and defeating any government act that threatens democracy, equality, and our civil liberties.” 

Martin Joseph Quinn, a group organizer, told CNN that the woman’s climb was not planned as part of the protest. 

"She climbed without our knowledge. It was not part of our action. We are deeply concerned for her safety," Quinn said.

At least seven other protesters were reportedly arrested earlier on Liberty Island after unrolling a banner that read “Abolish I.C.E.” at the demonstration, condemning President Trump’s immigration policies, according to NBC New York.