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Prosecutors say Amy Cooper lied about a Black man assaulting her. American history has many other, more tragic examples

October 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

When Amy Cooper called police for a second time, she claimed that a Black man birdwatching tried to assault her. But it was a lie, prosecutors say.

Now, Cooper's subsequent call to police -- made public Wednesday during a virtual hearing in Manhattan Criminal Court -- echoes the pattern of lies that White women have told about Black men since the Jim Crow era.

Cooper, who faces a misdemeanor charge for falsely reporting an incident, told the responding officers that Christian Cooper had not tried to assault her, the district attorney said.

Here's a look at some past cases involving false accusations by White women against Black men and boys.

In 1931, Nine Black boys -- ages 12 to 19 -- were falsely accused of raping two White women on a train near Scottsboro, Alabama.

In 1949, four Black men were accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old White girl in Groveland, Florida, about 30 miles west of Orlando.

Black men and boys have not stopped being falsely accused.

In 2018, a White woman apologized after a video showed her calling police to accuse a 9-year-old Black boy of groping her at a Brooklyn deli counter.

New York police told CNN at the time that the department received no 911 calls or complaints about the incident from the deli or a woman.

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