White woman faces charge after calling 911 on Black man in Central Park

Amy Cooper, the White woman who called 911 to say that she was being threatened by a Black bird watcher who asked for her dog to be leashed in New York City’s Central Park, will be prosecuted over the encounter, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance.

“Today our office initiated a prosecution of Amy Cooper for Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Third Degree,” a press release said Monday. “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.”

Cooper, who was dubbed “Central Park Karen” after the incident, called the police after a Black man asked her to leash her dog in an area where leashing is required. She repeatedly identified the man, Christian Cooper, by his race in her 911 call, demanding they “send the cops immediately” and falsely accusing him of threatening her life. The two Coopers have no relation.

The dog remained off-leash throughout the confrontation, which went viral. Cooper can be seen repeatedly pulling on the dog’s collar, leading many on social media to fear for the animal’s safety.

Following the incident, Cooper was fired from her job at investment management company Franklin Templeton. She issued an apology in which she said she is “not a racist.”

Vance said an arraignment will be held on October 14 and charging documents will be available once filed.

Sophie Lewis contributed to this report.

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