HEAT ALERT

Dangerous heat continues today in Connecticut for the first day of summer

White woman charged after Central Park confrontation with Black man

A white woman walking her dog who called the police during a videotaped dispute with a Black man in Central Park was charged Monday with filing a false report.

News 12 Staff

Jul 6, 2020, 7:16 PM

Updated 1,445 days ago

Share:

NEW YORK — A white woman walking her dog who called the police during a videotaped dispute with a Black man in Central Park was charged Monday with filing a false report.
In May, Amy Cooper drew widespread condemnation for calling 911 to report she was being threatened by “an African-American man” when bird watcher Christian Cooper appeared to keep his distance as he recorded her rant on his phone.
District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said in a statement on Monday that his office had charged Amy Cooper with falsely reporting the confrontation, a misdemeanor. She was ordered to appear in court on Oct. 14.
After the backlash, Amy Cooper released an apology through a public relations service, saying she “reacted emotionally and made false assumptions about his intentions.”
“He had every right to request that I leash my dog in an area where it was required,” she said in the written statement. “I am well aware of the pain that misassumptions and insensitive statements about race cause and would never have imagined that I would be involved in the type of incident that occurred with Chris.”
-Associated Press


More from News 12
1:44
HEAT ALERT: High temperatures and humidity continue; risk of strong shower Friday afternoon

HEAT ALERT: High temperatures and humidity continue; risk of strong shower Friday afternoon

1:07
A Bridgeport man says his AC was stolen from his window

A Bridgeport man says his AC was stolen from his window

2:12
‘CT is a laughing stock.’ Republicans call for new ballot fraud commission after Bridgeport arrests

‘CT is a laughing stock.’ Republicans call for new ballot fraud commission after Bridgeport arrests

0:49
'The heat plays a really big part in what we do.'  Bridgeport FD conducts live burn training

'The heat plays a really big part in what we do.' Bridgeport FD conducts live burn training

0:24
Stratford police mourn loss of officer Ken Kubel

Stratford police mourn loss of officer Ken Kubel

0:51
Alzheimer's Association encourages people to come up with creative ways to fundraise for research efforts

Alzheimer's Association encourages people to come up with creative ways to fundraise for research efforts

0:22
Police: Bridgeport man facing several charges in Iranistan Avenue shooting

Police: Bridgeport man facing several charges in Iranistan Avenue shooting

0:28
High-speed crash in Orange sends 5 people to the hospital

High-speed crash in Orange sends 5 people to the hospital

0:28
Police: Waterbury man arrested for burglary and attempted burglary at Norwalk smoke shops

Police: Waterbury man arrested for burglary and attempted burglary at Norwalk smoke shops

2:11
Main Street Connecticut: Showcasing the best of Westport

Main Street Connecticut: Showcasing the best of Westport

1:09
The East End: Goat yoga at Corwith Farm in Water Mill

The East End: Goat yoga at Corwith Farm in Water Mill

News 12 Book Club

News 12 Book Club

1:04
Immigration attorney: President Biden's executive order could protect thousands of Bridgeport families from deportation

Immigration attorney: President Biden's executive order could protect thousands of Bridgeport families from deportation

2:39
Take a bucolic respite at the Osborne Homestead Museum in Derby

Take a bucolic respite at the Osborne Homestead Museum in Derby

1:32
8 tips for working safely during hot weather

8 tips for working safely during hot weather

2:26
UFOs invade Danbury Airport for annual meetup

UFOs invade Danbury Airport for annual meetup

2:26
How a CT lawmaker is helping an unhoused community living in woods in Stamford during heat wave

How a CT lawmaker is helping an unhoused community living in woods in Stamford during heat wave

1:51
Beardsley Zoo implements hot weather protocol for animals

Beardsley Zoo implements hot weather protocol for animals

2:46
‘People have worked so hard.’ Woman who helped make Juneteenth a national holiday visits New Jersey

‘People have worked so hard.’ Woman who helped make Juneteenth a national holiday visits New Jersey

2:03
Experts want tobacco-like warning labels for social media

Experts want tobacco-like warning labels for social media