White Woman Charged With Filing A False Report After Calling Police On Black Man
According to the Manhattan district attorney, the white woman who falsely accused a black man of threatening her after he asked her to leash her dog has been charged with filing a false report, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.
Amy Cooper, a 41-year-old was caught on camera threatening to call the police on Christian Cooper—to whom she is not related—saying “I’m going to tell them there’s an African American man threatening my life.”
The video went viral on social media in late May as many responded to the racial tensions that the encounter highlighted.
Christian Cooper said after in the incident occurred, “I don’t think there’s any African American person in America who hasn’t experienced something like this at some point.”
Amy Cooper was charged on Monday for falsely reporting an incident in the third degree, which is a misdemeanor which carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail or three years on probation and a fine of up to $1,000.
When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio heard of the charges against Amy Cooper, he said, “Her racist behavior could have had dire consequences for a Black man. Glad she’ll face consequences of her own.”
“Our office will provide the public with additional information as the case proceeds,” said District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. “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.”
Christian Cooper stated when the incident first gained popularity that he is an avid bird watcher and has enjoyed going to Central Park to enjoy that hobby. He stated that on occasion, he would remind dog owners to keep their dogs on leashes.
On May 25, Christian Cooper voiced the same reminder to Amy Cooper, who refused. In an effort to get the woman to comply with his request, he offered her dog a treat and began recording the encounter.
Amy Cooper then called the cops, saying that an “African American man” was “recording and threatening me and my dog.”
Amy Cooper later publicly apologized for the incident, saying that she had made false assumptions “when, in fact, I was the one who was acting inappropriately by not having my dog on a leash.”
She added, “I assumed we were being threatened when all he had intended to do was record our encounter on his phone.”
Robert Barnes, the attorney representing Amy Cooper, stated she would “be found not guilty of this misdemeanor charge,”
He added, “The rush to judgment by some in the public, in this cancel culture epidemic, will be proven as wrong to cancel culture itself.”
Read the full report here.