Amy Cooper (Image: Video screenshot via Facebook)
Amy Cooper, the white woman who was videotaped calling police for a black bird watcher in New York's Central Park and who was accused of filing a false report, appeared in court on Wednesday. According to CNN, it was revealed that Cooper had called the police a second time and again accused a black man, Christian Cooper, of trying to attack her.
The incident happened five months ago when Cooper called 911 and made an alleged bogus complaint, saying a black (no relationship) identified as Christian Cooper "threatened me and my dog" after asking her to put her dog on a leash. The two were in a section of Central Park called The Rambles, which has visible signs stating that dogs must be kept on a leash in that particular area.
Cooper, who is charged with misconduct on misreporting an incident, told police officers who answered the call that Christian Cooper actually did not attempt to attack them, the prosecutor said.
"We will hold people accountable for making false and racist emergency calls," said Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. "Fortunately, no one was injured or killed in the police response to Ms. Cooper's joke."
False reporting to 911 is a crime in New York and also violates the state's civil rights law. Cooper did not file a plea and her case was adjourned until November 17th.
Amy Cooper is reportedly working on a plea to avoid jail time.
Oh, when Karens walks her dogs on a leash in the famous Bramble in New York's Central Park, where the signs clearly state that dogs must always be kept on a leash and someone like my brother (an avid bird watcher ) She politely asks her to put her dog on a leash. pic.twitter.com/3YnzuATsDm
– Melody Cooper (@melodyMcooper) May 25, 2020