WATCH: White Woman Threatens To Call The Police On “African-American” Man
A white woman allowing her dog to roam without a leash in Central Park falsely called police to report that a black man who complained was threatening her life, according to CNN.
Amy Cooper says she was walking her dog in a wooded area of the park called the Ramble, which attracts more than 230 bird species and was where Chris Cooper (no relation) happened to be bird-watching at the time.
The dog was not on its leash, which Amy Cooper acknowledges is against Ramble rules.
Chris Cooper confronted the woman and asked her to put the dog on its leash.
Amy Cooper claimed he emerged from some bushes screaming at her, but Chris Cooper denies the claim.
After some back-and-forth over the leash issue, Chris Cooper said, "Look, if you're going to do what you want, I'm going to do what I want, but you're not going to like it."
Amy Cooper claims she took his comment to mean her life could be in danger, but he says he only intended to give her dog treats, which Chris Cooper said dog owners generally dislike and leads them to get control of their dogs.
At this point, Chris Cooper began recording with his cellphone.
He asks the woman not to come near him as she requests that he stop recording.
Amy Cooper then says she will call the police and say “there's an African American man threatening my life.”
Chris Cooper responds: "Please tell them whatever you like.”
She follows through with calling the police and can be heard in the video saying, "There's a man, African American, he has a bicycle helmet. He is recording me and threatening me and my dog."
Amy Cooper continues in a distraught voice: "I'm being threatened by a man in the Ramble. Please send the cops immediately!"
At the end of the video, Chris Cooper says, “Thank you.”
The New York Police Department told CNN that neither party was present when officers responded to the park and that no arrests or summonses were made. Amy Cooper later apologized.