The case against Amy Cooper, a white woman who was caught on video erroneously calling the cops on a Black man in Central Park, will move forward.
Early Monday morning, TMZ says it reached out to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, which confirmed that Cooper — dubbed “Central Park Karen” by social media users — is scheduled to be arraigned on October 14.
On July 6, The New York Times reported that Amy faces a pending criminal charge of filing a false police report for calling 911 on Black birder Christian Cooper (no relation). If convicted, Amy faces a maximum sentence of one year in jail.
Despite being on the receiving end of Amy’s actions, Christian has not cooperated with the prosecution’s investigation.
“On the one hand, she’s already paid a steep price,” Christian said in a statement obtained by The New York Times on July 7. “That’s not enough of a deterrent to others? Bringing her more misery just seems like piling on.
“So if the DA feels the need to pursue charges, he should pursue charges. But he can do that without me,” Christian continued.
Though TMZ reports that the D.A.’s Office would like Christian to cooperate, the outlet says the city is technically the victim and not Christian.
While posting the now-viral footage on his Facebook page, Christian says the confrontation between him and Amy began when he asked her to leash her dog per park regulations. He says she declined.
After Christian says he began to pull out a dog treat in order to get Amy to leash her dog, Amy allegedly exclaimed, “DON’T YOU TOUCH MY DOG!!!!!”
In the clip, Amy demands that Christian stop filming her, and then calls the police, alleging that Christian threatened her and her dog.
“I’m going to tell them there’s an African-American man threatening my life,” Amy is heard telling Christian while dialing authorities.
Since the story went viral, Amy has been fired from her job at Franklin Templeton, and briefly lost custody of her dog after social media users accused her choking the animal for nearly a minute when she grabbed it by its collar.
After the pending charges against Amy were announced, Amy’s lawyer, Robert Barnes, said in a statement obtained by The New York Times that his client would be found not guilty.
“She lost her job, her home, and her public life,” Barnes added, criticizing cancel culture. “Now some demand her freedom? How many lives are we going to destroy over misunderstood 60-second videos on social media?”
While speaking to NBC News in May, Amy apologized for her actions, but claims she felt threatened because she didn’t know what was in the treat that Christian attempted to give her dog.
“I sincerely and humbly apologize to everyone, especially to that man, his family,” she told the outlet in a phone call. “It was unacceptable and I humbly and fully apologize to everyone who’s seen that video, everyone that’s been offended… everyone who thinks of me in a lower light and I understand why they do.”