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Canadian Amy Cooper has been charged over racist incident

Amy Cooper, the white Canadian woman who was filmed calling the police on a Black man in Central Park in May, has been charged with filing a false report.

The Manhattan District Attorney issued a statement on Monday saying that Cooper is facing charges of filing a false report, a misdemeanor offence that could potentially land her up to a year in jail.

"Today our Office initiated a prosecution of Amy Cooper for Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Third Degree," the statement by Manhattan district attorney Cyrus R. Vance reads.

"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."

Now known as the "Central Park birdwatching incident," Amy Cooper was filmed calling the police on local birdwatcher Christian Cooper who had asked her to keep her dog on a leash.

The encounter escalated with Amy calling the police and telling them an African-American man was threatening her and her dog's life.

The video went viral where it was learned that she had graduated from Waterloo University and was working at insurance company Franklin Templeton. She was subsequently fired and had her dog taken from her. (It was later returned.)

The incident made international headlines as an example of white privilege and of how not all Canadians are so tolerant and kind.

A day after the incident, Amy issued an apology, saying she had "reacted emotionally and made false assumptions."

Amy is set to be arraigned in New York City on October 14.

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