A white woman who called the police and falsely accused a Black man of threatening her life after he asked her to put her dog on a leash will face misdemeanor charges, the Manhattan district attorney announced Monday.
Amy Cooper, the woman in the Central Park encounter, which was recorded on video and touched off intense discussions about the history of Black people being falsely reported to the police, will be charged with filing a false report, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.
“Today our office initiated a prosecution of Amy Cooper for falsely reporting an incident in the third degree,” said Cyrus R. Vance, the Manhattan district attorney. “We are strongly committed to holding perpetrators of this conduct accountable.”
Christian Cooper on Facebook openly admitted that he threatened Amy Cooper immediately after the incident occurred.
The privileged Harvard grad said he told Amy Cooper, “If you’re going to do what you want, im [sic] going to do what I want, but you’re not going to like it.”
He then pulled out mystery “treats,” which he said he carries “for just such intransigence,” and called her dog to himself.
Amy clearly panicked as for all she knew the hostile man who threatened to do something she’s “not going to like” was trying to poison her pup with his “treats.”
She’s a single woman and her dog was everything to her, nonetheless her dog was taken away from her and given to a shelter while the incident was “investigated” (her dog was later returned).
Amy Cooper was fired from her job by Franklin Templeton Investments and labeled a racist by Mayor Bill de Blasio and the international media.
“Once all the facts are known, Amy Cooper will be found not guilty of the single, misdemeanor charge filed in this case,” Amy Cooper’s lawyer Robert Barnes told ABC 7 NY on Monday. “The rush to judgment by some in the public, in this cancel culture epidemic, will be proven as wrong as cancel culture itself. She lost her job, her home, and her public life. Now some demand she lose her freedom? How many lives are we going to destroy over misunderstood 60-second videos on social media?”