Notorious Central Park ‘Karen’ Amy Cooper — who touched off a firestorm when she called the cops on a black birdwatcher who asked her to keep her dog on a leash — was arrested Monday on a charge that could send her to jail for up to one year.
Cooper, 41, surrendered to the Manhattan DA’s office Monday and was hit with one count of falsely reporting an incident in the third degree. She was issued a desk appearance ticket and ordered to return to court Oct. 14 for her arraignment. “Today our office initiated a prosecution of Amy Cooper,” said DA Cyrus Vance Jr. in a statement.
“Our office will provide the public with additional information as the case proceeds. At this time I would like to encourage anyone who has been the target of false reporting to contact our office. We are strongly committed to holding perpetrators of this conduct accountable.”
In a now-viral May video that sparked international outrage, Cooper, a white woman, can be seen telling birdwatcher Christian Cooper, who objected to her unleashed dog, she is going to call the cops and “tell them there’s an African American man threatening my life.”
Amy Cooper — who later apologized for the incident — was fired from her job at the investment firm Franklin Templeton. Amy Cooper attended the University of Waterloo, but it is not clear whether she is Canadian.