Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. announced Monday that his office has initiated prosecution of Amy Cooper, a white woman who called the police and lied telling the police operator a black man had threatened her when he only asked her to put her dog on a leash as the law required in the Ramble, a section of New York’s Central Park.
“Today our office initiated a prosecution of Amy Cooper for falsely reporting an incident in the third degree,” Vance said. The crime, a misdemeanor, is punishable by up to a year in jail. The D.A.’s office added that it issued a desk appearance ticket to Ms. Cooper for an arraignment on October 14, 2020.
The 42-year-old Cooper was walking her dog in the Ramble section of Central Park on May 25 when Christian Cooper (no relation), an avid bird watcher, noticed Cooper’s dog tearing the plantings of a section of the park.
“Ma’am, dogs in the Ramble have to be on leash at all times. The sign is right there,” Mr. Cooper told Amy Cooper.
She did not like the warning coming from a Black man.
Amy Cooper is then seen and heard on the phone calling 911 and telling the operator that an African American man was threatening her.
“I’m taking a picture and calling the cops,” Amy Cooper is heard saying in the video. “I’m going to tell them there’s an African American man threatening my life.”
Christian Cooper filmed the entire incident with his cellphone.
Christian Cooper said as he was filming he was thinking about Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man who was murdered while jogging by three white men in Georgia. The men believed he was a burglar, although no burglaries had been reported.
In the video, he is largely silent while Amy Cooper lies and tells the police operator she and her dog are being threatened.
Police never arrived but depending on the officers, they may have overreacted and arrested Christian Cooper or shot him to death, claiming they feared for their lives. This a real fear among Black men.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wasn’t having it. “She was breaking the law, but she called the police on him,” de Blasio said.
After the incident, Franklin Templeton, the New York Investment Firm, fired Cooper, who was head of insurance investment solutions.
“Following our internal review of the incident in Central Park yesterday [Monday], we have made the decision to terminate the employee involved, effective immediately. We do not tolerate racism of any kind at Franklin Templeton,” the company said in a statement.
White women like Amy Cooper who call police on black men for doing normal things or not doing anything at all are called “Karens,” which is a nice way of saying they are reprehensible racists.
In a similar incident, another “Karen” called San Francisco police on a Filippino homeowner who painted “Black Lives Matter” on the fence around his house. Also in the same city another white woman called police on a Black child selling bottles of water.
After the full story concerning Amy Cooper became known, there was a discussion among law enforcement officials that they should charge and maybe arrest women who make these false claims.
That seems to be occurring in New York. Vance’s office said it would provide the public with additional information as the case proceeds.
Vance also said he would encourage anyone who has been a target of false reporting to contact his office.