On Memorial Day in Central Park NYC – Christian Cooper (a black man and avid bird-watcher) asked Amy Cooper (a racist, menopausal white woman) to leash her dog. She refused and became hysterical – resorting to calling the police and falsely claiming that an “African American man” was threatening her life.
The video of the incident went viral (gaining over 40,000,000 views) and sparked an intense debate about white privilege and how Black people are harmed when false reports are made about them to the police. Amy Cooper is now facing criminal charges.On Monday, Ms. Cooper was charged with filing a false report, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.
“We are strongly committed to holding perpetrators of this conduct accountable,” said Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney. Ms. Cooper, who was issued a desk appearance ticket on Monday, is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 14. If convicted, she could receive a conditional discharge or be sentenced to community service or counseling rather than jail time.