Amy Cooper has been charged with falsely reporting an incident in the third degree, more than a month after calling the police on Christian Cooper in New York’s Central Park on May 25.
The charge is a Class A misdemeanor, meaning Amy Cooper could face up to a year in jail or three years of probation and a fine of up to $1000 if convicted. Amy Cooper had told 911 dispatchers that there was “an African-American man threatening my life” after Christian Cooper, who is not related to her, told her to put a leash on her dog.
In the state of New York, falsely reporting an incident in the third degree happens when a person reports something to a law enforcement agency, despite “knowing the information reported, conveyed, or circulated to be false or baseless.”
In the days that followed the Ramble incident, Amy Cooper lost her job at a global investment firm and temporarily gave up her dog to a rescue organization.
“Is she a racist? I can’t answer that,” Christian Cooper told CNN in May.
“Only she can answer that. And I would submit probably the only way she’s going to answer that is going forward. How she conducts herself and, you know, how she chooses to reflect on this situation and examine it.”
He told The New York Times he was “uncomfortable” with the backlash Amy Cooper was facing and urged people to stop making death threats toward her.
“I am told there has been death threats and that is wholly inappropriate and abhorrent and should stop immediately,” Christian Cooper told CNN. “I find it strange that people who were upset that … that she tried to bring death by cop down on my head, would then turn around and try to put death threats on her head. Where is the logic in that? Where does that make any kind of sense?”
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