Canadian Amy Cooper has been charged over racist incident
Amy Cooper, the white woman who called 911 and claimed she was being threatened by Christian Cooper, a Black man who was bird watching in Central Park, was charged today with filing a false report. pic.twitter.com/oorXr2Udp3— Marjorie Hernandez (@MJae13) July 6, 2020
"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.
Oh, when Karens take a walk with their dogs off leash in the famous Bramble in NY’s Central Park, where it is clearly posted on signs that dogs MUST be leashed at all times, and someone like my brother (an avid birder) politely asks her to put her dog on the leash. pic.twitter.com/3YnzuATsDm— Melody Cooper (@melodyMcooper) May 25, 2020
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.)
Wow Amy Cooper is being charged with filing a false report, here’s her exclusive reaction: pic.twitter.com/32b6o7tN2E— Black Lives Matter (@robintran04) July 6, 2020
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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