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Amy Cooper made second 911 call about Black birdwatcher in Central Park, prosecutors say

October 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office filed a misdemeanor charge Wednesday against the White woman who called police on a Black man birdwatching in Central Park in May and revealed that she had made a second 911 call about the encounter.

(CNN)The Manhattan District Attorney's Office filed a misdemeanor charge Wednesday against the White woman who called police on a Black man birdwatching in Central Park in May and revealed that she had made a second 911 call about the encounter.

Amy Cooper was charged in New York County Criminal Court with falsely reporting an incident in the third degree, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr.

Amid a disagreement over her unleashed dog, Amy Cooper called 911 and said in an increasingly frantic tone that a Black man was threatening her, according to video of the incident he filmed.

In addition, according to the criminal complaint and as stated in court, Amy Cooper made a second, previously unreported call to police and repeated the accusation, adding that the man "tried to assault her," the DA's office said.

"When responding officers arrived, Ms. Cooper admitted that the male had not 'tried to assault' or come into contact with her," a release from the DA's office said.

In a statement, Vance described Amy Cooper's conduct as racist and said the call was a "hoax. "

"As alleged in the complaint, Amy Cooper engaged in racist criminal conduct when she falsely accused a Black man of trying to assault her in a previously unreported second call with a 911 dispatcher.

"Our Office will pursue a resolution of this case which holds Ms. Cooper accountable while healing our community, restoring justice, and deterring others from perpetuating this racist practice. "

Amy Cooper's attorney had no comment.

In comments to CNN in May, Amy Cooper said she wanted to "publicly apologize to everyone. "

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