Amy Cooper became famous back in May, but not for reasons that she might have wanted.
Christian Cooper captured a video of her calling the police on him after he had asked her to keep her dog on a leash in Central Park.
According to an article from CNN, Christian Cooper, 43 who is described as being an “avid” bird watcher was out between 7:30 and 8:00 am.
At that point he came across a dog off of it’s leash.
Amy Cooper told CNN that she had been walking her dog off the leash, knowing that it was against the law. The two then got into a back and forth argument over the issue.
Mr. Cooper told Ms. Cooper, “Look, if you’re going to do what you want, I’m going to do what I want, but you’re not going to like it.”
At which point Ms. Cooper became afraid after hearing that statement.
Christian Cooper then pulled out dog treats, which angered Amy Cooper. He explained that he keeps dog treats on him in order to get dog owners to leash their dogs. As he explained, in his experience dog owners don’t like it when strangers feed their dogs.
Soon after, Christian Cooper starts recording his video.
Amy Cooper can be heard on video saying, “I’m taking a picture and calling the cops. “
Christian Cooper then responds back to her by saying, “Please call the cops.”
Amy Cooper then adds, “I’m going to tell them there’s an African American man threatening my life.”
After the video went viral, Ms. Cooper lost her job with Franklin Templeton.
On Monday, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office announced that they would be filing misdemeanor charges against Ms. Cooper for falsely reporting an incident.
Cyrus R. Vance Jr, the District Attorney issued a statement, “Today our office initiated prosecution of Amy Cooper for falsely reporting an incident in the third degree.” He added, “We are strongly committed to holding perpetrators of this conduct accountable.”
Ms. Cooper was issued a desk appearance ticket and is scheduled to be arraigned on October 14.
If she is found guilty and convicted of her crime, she could receive a conditional discharge or be sentenced to community service or counseling, as opposed to having to serve jail time.
However, Mr. Christian Cooper has said that he doesn’t believe Amy Cooper should be charged by the Manhattan DA, saying he believes she’s already paid a steep price and that “bringing her more misery just seems like piling on.”