A white Manhattan woman falsely claimed that a black man was threatening her in Central Park, made a second 911 call, and prosecutors lied on Wednesday that she “tried to assault.”
Amy Cooper, who appeared in court for arraignment of misreporting the case, made two 911 reports of the May conflict, including one that had not been previously reported, the local prosecutor said. Assistant Joan Ilsi said in the Manhattan Criminal Court.
Cooper was widely despised after being caught in a video telling Christian Cooper (unrelated) to string his dog in the park and then call a police officer. Christian Cooper was bird watching at the time.
“I’m going to tell them that there are African-American men who are threatening my life,” Cooper threatened in a video before calling 911. When she answered the phone, she falsely claimed to be intimidated.
“I’m in Rumble and I have an African-American man. He has a bike helmet. He’s recording me and threatening me and my dog,” Cooper says. You can hear it.
The existence of the second 911 call was first revealed on Wednesday. On the phone, Cooper reported that a black man “tried to assault her in the park’s rumble area,” the prosecutor said.
The NYPD was called to the area and determined that there was verbal controversy and no crime was committed. Cooper admitted to police that the man had not attempted to assault her or contacted her, DA said.
Cooper was fired from her job after a video about the incident spread by word of mouth. She was indicted in July and is negotiating a contract to avoid prisons, according to the New York Times.
“As alleged in the complaint, Amy Cooper was of race when a black man mistakenly accused her of trying to assault her on a second call with a previously unreported 911 dispatcher. Engaged in discriminatory criminal activity, “said the Manhattan District Attorney. Cy Vance, Jr.Office said in a statement We disclosed our second call on Wednesday.
Cooper apologized in NBC News that her actions were “unacceptable” and overreacted after the video of the incident spread by word of mouth.