Central Park Birdwatcher Who Woman Called 911 On Won’t Cooperate In DA Investigation

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July 08, 2020 - 7:42 pm

    NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The Black man who filmed a White woman calling the police on him while birdwatching in Central Park says he will not cooperate with a Manhattan district attorney’s investigation. 

    In May, Christian Cooper recorded Amy Cooper, no relation, calling 911 on him after he asked her to put her dog on a leash in Central Park’s ramble – where dogs are not permitted to roam free.

    Video showed Amy Cooper making a false report to the police as she claimed Christian Cooper was threatening her life. 

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    After the video was posted online by a relative of Christian Cooper, Amy Cooper endured public shaming and lost her job.

    She also handed over her cocker spaniel to the rescue group where she adopted it after the video showed her dragging the dog around by the collar.  The dog was later returned to her care.

    On Monday, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced plans to prosecute the woman on a charge of falsely reporting an incident in the third degree. She was issued a desk appearance ticket and was scheduled for arraignment on Oct. 14. 

    However, Christian Cooper told the New York Times on Tuesday he will not cooperate with the investigation. 

    "On the one hand, she's already paid a steep price," Christian Cooper said in a statement to the Times. "That's not enough of a deterrent to others? Bringing her more misery just seems like piling on."

    It’s not clear what impact his non-cooperation will have on the case. 

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