NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Amy Cooper, the white girl who was seen on digicam calling 911 and falsely accusing Chris Cooper, an African-American man, of threatening her in Central Park, appeared in court docket for arraignment Wednesday.
The video, recorded in May, exhibits Amy Cooper frantically calling police, whereas alleging Chris Cooper — no relation — was threatening her.
“Our office is committed to safety, justice, and anti-racism, and we will hold people who make false and racist 911 calls accountable,” mentioned District Attorney Cyrus Vance. “As alleged in the complaint, Amy Cooper engaged in racist criminal conduct when she falsely accused a Black man of trying to assault her in a previously unreported second call with a 911 dispatcher. Fortunately, no one was injured or killed in the police response to Ms. Cooper’s hoax. Our office will pursue a resolution of this case which holds Ms. Cooper accountable while healing our community, restoring justice, and deterring others from perpetuating this racist practice.”
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Amy Cooper faces a misdemeanor cost of falsely reporting an incident within the third diploma. She’s due again in court docket Nov. 17.
Chris Cooper is an avid chicken watcher and was within the Central Park Ramble, the place canine should be leashed. He was merely asking Amy to comply with the foundations and leash her canine.
Oh, when Karens take a stroll with their canine off leash within the well-known Bramble in NY’s Central Park, the place it’s clearly posted on indicators that canine MUST be leashed always, and somebody like my brother (an avid birder) politely asks her to place her canine on the leash. pic.twitter.com/3YnzuATsDm
— Melody Cooper (@melodyMcooper) May 25, 2020
He advised CBS2 he was was recording the encounter till she did so.
Her response sparked public outrage and, in consequence, Amy Cooper misplaced her job and briefly surrendered her canine. Up till Monday, she hadn’t confronted prices.
After the incident, CBS2 spoke to the person who recorded the video, Chris Cooper.
“I wasn’t going to participate in my own dehumanization and feed that so I just kept recording,” he mentioned. “It’s not just about her. She tapped into something that’s pervasive in our society that we all really need to address.”
The New York City Human Rights Commission can also be investigating the incident.
Chris Cooper went on to jot down a comic book guide in regards to the incident.
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