On Wednesday, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office filed a misdemeanor charge against Amy Cooper – the White woman who falsely reported that a Black birdwatcher in Central Park was threatening her during an incident in May.
A prosecutor disclosed Cooper had made a second 911 call that had previously been unreported, claiming the man had “tried to assault her in the Ramble area of the park.”
Cooper threatened to call police after reacting defensively when Christian Cooper – no relation – had told her to put a leash on her dog in an area of Central Park, New York, that required leashes on pets.
“I’m going to tell them there’s an African American man threatening my life,” she told him before calling 911.
Here is the viral video from earlier this year, revealing Copper was not harmed in any way.
Oh, when Karens take a walk with their dogs off leash in the famous Bramble in NY’s Central Park, where it is clearly posted on signs that dogs MUST be leashed at all times, and someone like my brother (an avid birder) politely asks her to put her dog on the leash. pic.twitter.com/3YnzuATsDm
— Melody Cooper (@melodyMcooper) May 25, 2020
Cooper was nationally panned for her behavior many saw as racist, and it led to her being fired from a US-asset management firm where she was an employee.
At Wednesday’s arraignment in Manhattan criminal court, Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi said Cooper “twice reported” a Black man was threatening her:
“first by stating that he was threatening her and her dog, then in a second call indicating that he tried to assault her in the Ramble area of the park.”
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr.’s office issued a statement that read:
“As alleged in the complaint, Amy Cooper engaged in racist criminal conduct when she falsely accused a Black man of trying to assault her in a previously unreported second call with 911 dispatcher.”
“No one was injured or killed in the police reponse to Ms. Cooper’s hoax.”
“Our Office will pursue a resolution of this case which holds Ms. Cooper accountable while healing our community, restoring justice, and deterring others from perpetuating this racist practice.”
— Zack Fink (@ZackFinkNews) October 14, 2020
Also just totally normal society the DA makes note that it is good no one was killed in pol ice response, totally normal world where that is a real concern
— New Yorker Seeing all the Cray (@MarkViverito) October 14, 2020
The NYPD determined a verbal altercation took place but no crime was committed.
Cooper admitted to the responding officers that Christian had not “tried to assault” or come into contact with her.
She released a statement of apology following the incident and said she “reacted emotionally and made false assumptions about his intentions.”
“I am well aware of the pain that misassumptions and insensitive statements about race cause and would never have imagined that I would be involved in the type of incident that occurred with Chris.”
On CNN, she asserted:
“I’m not a racist. I did not mean to harm that man in any way.”
Cooper faces a misdemeanor charge of falsely reporting an incident in the third degree and is due back in court on November 17.