Amy Cooper has been accused of making a second 911 call regarding Central Park bird watcher Christian Cooper. During the call, Cooper allegedly accused the bird watcher of assaulting her.
“The defendant twice reported that an African-American man was putting her in danger, first by stating that he was threatening her and her dog, then making a second call indicating that he tried to assault her in the Ramble area of the park,” Senior Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi said.
The second call was unveiled during Amy Cooper's virtual appearance at the Manhattan Criminal Court. Amy Cooper was first charged in July after Christian Cooper asked her to put a leash on her dog while walking through Central Park. During the call, the dog owner repeatedly emphasized Christian Cooper's race and claimed that he had threatened her. While she made the call, Christian Cooper recorded the interaction on his phone. The video garnered more than 40 million views and seemingly disproved all of Amy Cooper's allegations. She has since been charged with a misdemeanor count filing a false police report.
“We will hold people who make false and racist 911 calls accountable,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. stated.
“Fortunately, no one was injured or killed in the police response to Ms. Cooper’s hoax.”
The charges filed against Amy Cooper carry a maximum one-year sentence. However, Illuzzi and Cooper's legal representation are working out a deal that would send her to a program that would educate her on how her actions were harmful. Judge Nicholas Moyne has adjourned the case until November 17 to allow the two sides to work out a deal.
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