The Manhattan district attorney has charged Amy Cooper, the white woman who had been filmed threatening to call the police to a Dark bird watcher in Central Park in May.
“Today our office initiated a prosecution of Amy Cooper for falsely reporting an incident in the third level,” Manhattan DA Cy Vance said in a statement.
Vance wouldn’t provide more details aside from Cooper, 40, was issued a desk appearance ticket for an Oct. 14 arraignment on the misdemeanor charge.
Spiritual Cooper, 57, a Black comic book writer and biomedical editor for Health Science Communications and a part of the New York City Audubon Society board of directors, stated he was watching birds in Central Park on Memorial Day and discovered a dog was off its leash and tearing through vegetation.
Christian Cooper told the puppy’s owner, Amy Cooper, it attempted to lure the puppy away from the plants with some treats and had a leash.
That’s when the situation escalated, according to Christian Cooper, who began filming with his cell phone.
Amy Cooper began to undermine the bird watcher and became enraged.
“I’m taking a photo and calling the cops,” she states in the footage. “I will tell them there’s an African American guy threatening my life.”
Amy Cooper followed with her threat, telling the authorities on the phone that”he is recording me and threatening myself along with my dog,” according to the video. Officers came but didn’t make any arrest.
Went Amy Cooper and viral was fired from her job in Franklin Templeton investment firm the following day. She gave the dog back into the animal shelter, however, two weeks after it was returned to her”following a test from a veterinarian and a coordinated effort with law enforcement,” ABC New York station WABC reported.
Mayor Bill de Blasio weighed shortly after the incident became public, calling Amy Cooper’s actions”racism, plain and simple.”
An attorney who says he reflects Amy Cooper, robert Barnes, told ABC News in an announcement that she will be found not guilty.
“The rush to judgment by some in the general public, in this counter civilization epidemic, will be proven as erroneous as cancel culture . She also lost her job, her home, and her public life,” Barnes told ABC News. “Now some need she lose her liberty? How many lives are we going to ruin over shortened 60-second videos on social networking?”
The day to Chris Cooper, an apology was issued by Amy Cooper after the episode.
“I wish to apologize to Chris Cooper for my actions once I encountered him in Central Park yesterday. I responded emotionally and made false assumptions about his intentions when, in fact, I was the one who was behaving inappropriately by not having my dog on a leash,” she explained in the announcement .
Spiritual Cooper accepted her apology.
“I think it’s a first step. I think she has to do some reflection on what occurred because up until the moment when she made that announcement,” he told”The View” on May 28. “It was just a conflict between a birder and a puppy walker, and then she took it into a very dark place. I believe she’s got to sort of examine and how that occurred.”
Vance urged New Yorkers to call his office if they’ve experienced a situation very similar to Christian Cooper.
“We are firmly committed to holding perpetrators of the behavior answerable,” he said in a statement.