Amy Cooper, the white woman caught on video calling police to claim that a Black man was threatening her in Central Park after he asked her to leash her dog, faces a misdemeanor charge over the incident, the Manhattan district attorney announced Monday.
Cooper is charged with falsely reporting an incident in the third degree, District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. said in a statement.
Video of her encounter with Black birdwatcher Christian Cooper in New York City made the rounds of social media in late May, prompting widespread outrage.
“Our office will provide the public with additional information as the case proceeds,” Vance said. “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.”
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