Amy Cooper is facing charges of falsely reporting an incident in the third degree, according to District Attorney Cyrus Vance. She is scheduled to be arraigned on October 14th.
On Memorial Day, Amy Cooper (a White woman) falsely accused Christian Cooper (a Black man) of threatening her life. The two, who are unrelated, were at the Ramble in Central Park. Amy was walking her dog unleashed, and Christian was bird-watching. Christian asked Amy to leash her dog. She refused, and he tried to lure the dog with treats in order to get Amy to restrain him. This soon lead to Amy’s frantic police call.
“I’m in the Ramble, and there is a man, an African American man, he has a bicycle helmet; he is recording me and threatening me and my dog.”
The statement from the District Attorney’s office reads:
“Today our Office initiated a prosecution of Amy Cooper for Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Third Degree. 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.”
“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.” https://t.co/F3h1Ys6UDn
— Cyrus Vance, Jr. (@ManhattanDA) July 6, 2020
Falsely reporting an incident in the third degree is a Class A misdemeanor, according to nysenate.gov, and can be punishable by up to one year in jail.