A white woman who was filmed falsely accusing a black bird watcher of threatening her has been charged.
Amy Cooper received global condemnation in May when she was caught on camera calling 911 on birdwatcher Christian Cooper in the Central Park Ramble after he asked her to put her pet dog on a lead.
Christian Cooper, of no relation to Amy Cooper, was birdwatching in The Ramble which is a protected wildlife area in Central Park, New York, when he urged the woman to put the animal on a lead.
He said there were signs clearly stating they must remain on one at all times.
A sign visible in the video attached to the fence states: “Dogs must be leashed at all times in The Ramble.”
The argument escalated and Amy, wearing a face mask, appeared to phone the police and say she was being threatened by an African-American.
“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 hysterically yells 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!”
“Thank you,” Mr Cooper says after she puts her dog’s leash on, just before the video ends.
Ms Cooper will now be charged with filing a false report, which can be punished by up to a year in jail, the Manhattan district attorney has now confirmed.
“Today our office initiated a prosecution of Amy Cooper for falsely reporting an incident in the third degree,” Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the district attorney, said.
“We are strongly committed to holding perpetrators of this conduct accountable.”
After the video was released and went viral, rescue group Abandoned Angels had gained temporary custody of the cocker-spaniel called Henry, but she has since been allowed to keep the animal.