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Woman Faces Charges After Calling Police on Black Bird Watcher

Amy Cooper, the white woman who called 911 on a Black man who asked that she leash her dog in Central Park, is facing a misdemeanor charge of filing a false report, Manhattan’s district attorney announced Monday.

The incident went viral after a video of Cooper emerged showing the 41-year-old woman frantically calling police when Christian Cooper, a Black man who was bird-watching, told her to leash her dog in the area of the park where leashes are required.

“Today our Office initiated a prosecution of Amy Cooper for Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Third Degree,” Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. said in a statement.

Charging documents were not immediately available. Amy Cooper, who lost her job after the video garnered mass media attention, is scheduled to appear in court in October. 

Read the source article at USA TODAY

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