Amy Cooper charged for 'racist criminal conduct' after 2nd 911 call falsely accusing Black man of assaulting her
'Fortunately, no one was injured or killed in the police response to Ms Cooper's hoax,' Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr said in a statement
Amy Cooper has been charged for 'racist criminal conduct' after she had allegedly made false accusations about a Black man assaulting her in New York's Central Park. 40-year-old Cooper was charged with misdemeanor filing a false report. According to the Daily News, Cooper had appeared via video-link and was seen wearing a black polo neck with her hair tied back. She had a sullen expression as she sat in front of a white wall during Wednesday's hearing on October 14. The Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. had spoken in a statement that "we will hold people who make false and racist 911 calls accountable."
"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," Vance Jr. added. "Fortunately, no one was injured or killed in the police response to Ms Cooper's hoax," he continued.
It is also said that Amy Cooper had not just made one call but had called 911 twice which was previously unreported, NY Times reveals. A senior prosecutor, Joan Illuzzi shared, "The defendant twice reported that an African-American man was putting her in danger, first by stating that he was threatening her and her dog, then making a second call indicating that he tried to assault her in the Ramble area of the park." The second call was spoken about as Cooper appeared remotely in Manhattan Criminal Court to answer a misdemeanor charge of filing a false report which carries a maximum sentence of a year in jail.
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
It has been reported that Cooper's next court appearance is set to take place on November 17. Judge Nicholas Moyne shared that she "could be incarcerated" if she does not show up. Central Park 'Karen', Amy Cooper, was arrested on July 6 and she is facing almost a year in jail if convicted.
We had earlier reported that she had called the police on a Black bird watcher who had requested her to keep her dog on a leash while at Central Park. Cooper had gone viral after she called the cops on Christian Cooper who told her to put her dog on a leash while inside the park. According to the park's website, all pets are required to be kept on a leash inside.
After being told to put her dog on a leash, she refused and threatened Christian in a video that garnered a lot of attention across social media. In the video, she is heard saying, "I'm taking a picture and calling the cops. I'm going to tell them there's an African American man threatening my life."
In the video, Cooper is seen talking on the phone and saying, "There's a man, African American, he has a bicycle helmet. He is recording me and threatening me and my dog." We had also reported how Cooper's neighbor's had come forward with their own personal experiences of the unpleasant woman. One of Cooper's neighbors at her Upper West Side apartment, Alison Faircloth, shared that once she had found Cooper "on the verge of tears" after having a confrontation with the building's doorman last winter, as per a The New York Times report.
The neighbor said Cooper had told her that the doorman had cursed at her with no provocation and she had vowed to have him fired. However, when Faircloth spoke with the doorman to find out his version of the story, he revealed that Cooper had been complaining about malfunctioning elevator and had then abused him. Faircloth shared, "There’s always a narrative from her about someone who has done her wrong."