Amy Cooper went viral on Memorial Day after bird watcher Christian Cooper filmed her freaking out on him because he caught her with her dog unleashed. She called the police and told them an African-American male was threatening her and her dog.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced his office “initiated a prosecution of Amy Cooper for falsely reporting an incident in the third degree.”

Cooper faces up to a year in jail if convicted.

From The New York Times:

Mr. Cooper asked Ms. Cooper, who is not related to him, to leash her dog, he said. When she refused, he said, he tried to lure the dog with treats in hopes of compelling her to restrain her pet.

The encounter turned ugly when Ms. Cooper told Mr. Cooper that she was calling the police and planned to tell them that an African-American man was threatening her life.

Mr. Cooper, who recorded the interaction on his phone, captured what happened next.

“I’m in the Ramble, there is a man, African-American, he has a bicycle helmet and he is recording me and threatening me and my dog,” Ms. Cooper, gripping her dog’s collar tightly, says in a hysterical tone to the 911 operator.

Then, before hanging up, she adds, “I am being threatened by a man in the Ramble, please send the cops immediately!”

The NYT added this portion a few paragraphs below that portion, which includes a significant detail:

She added that when Mr. Cooper remarked that she would not like what he was “going to do next” and then offered her dog treats, she assumed he was threatening her. Mr. Cooper said the remark was merely meant to signal that he planned to offer the treats.

The online mob piled on Cooper.

Cooper gave up her dog back to the rescue group, but she eventually got him back. She worked as head of insurance portfolio management at Franklin Templeton, but lost her job.


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