The white woman who called the cops on a Black birdwatcher in Central Park for asking her to leash her dog faces criminal charges for calling in the fake threat.
The Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said his office had, “initiated a prosecution of Amy Cooper for Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Third Degree. Our office will provide the public with additional information as the case proceeds. At this time I would like to encourage anyone who has been the target of false reporting to contact our Office. We are strongly committed to holding perpetrators of this conduct accountable,” he said in a statement.
In a viral video that’s been viewed more than 100 million times, the 41-year-old Manhattan woman confronted Christian Cooper, an avid bird watcher, in the Ramble in Central Park on May 25 after he asked that she put her Cocker Spaniel on a leash.
As Christian captured the encounter on his phone, Amy Cooper demanded he stop filming or she would call the police.
“I’m going to tell them there’s an African American man threatening my life,” she said, her voice rising with hysteria as she spoke to a 911 operator.
The call was widely viewed as yet another example of a privileged white person making a false accusation against a Black man which could have put his safety in jeopardy.
Christian Cooper, a dedicated conservationist and board member of the New York City Audubon Society, told the Daily News that he asked the woman to put a leash on her dog because the small section of Central Park is a protected space home to dozens of bird species.
Source: New York Daily News