The incident occurred two months ago when Cooper called 911 and made an alleged false complaint, saying a Black man identified as Chris Cooper (no relation) was “threatening me and my dog” after he asked her to leash her dog. The two were in a section of Central Park named The Rambles, which has visible signs stating that dogs must be leashed in that particular area.
After making the request, Amy argued with Cooper and proceeded to approach him, dragging her dog by the collar while saying, “I’m gonna tell them that an African American is threatening my life.” Luckily, Chris Cooper filmed the confrontation.
This is the statement from Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr.:
Today our Office initiated a prosecution of Amy Cooper for Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Third Degree. Our office will provide the public with additional information as the case proceeds. At this time I would like to encourage anyone who has been the target of false reporting to contact our Office. We are strongly committed to holding perpetrators of this conduct accountable.
Amy Cooper was issued a Desk Appearance Ticket for arraignment on Oct. 14, 2020. If convicted, she could face up to a year in jail for a class A misdemeanor.
Her attorney, Robert Barnes stated, “Once all the facts are known, Amy Cooper will be found not guilty of the single, misdemeanor charge filed in this case. The rush to judgment by some in the public, in this cancel culture epidemic, will be proven as wrong as cancel culture itself.”