A WOMAN dubbed "Central Park Karen" will still be prosecuted even though the Black man she called the cops on doesn’t want to cooperate.
Amy Cooper was filmed in New York City's Central Park on Memorial Day calling the police on Christian Cooper because he asked her to restrain her cocker spaniel.
The woman has been called "Central Park Karen" as the name "Karen" has become a popular term to describe entitled middle-class white women who talk down to people of color.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, revealed last week that a prosecution against Amy had been initiated for "falsely reporting an incident in the third degree."
TMZ reported on Monday that the DA will move forward with prosecuting Amy and Christian will not be a part of it – despite the DA's request.
The Manhattan district attorney announced on July 6 that Amy will face misdemeanor charges for allegedly telling cops the man was threatening her life.
"Today our office initiated a prosecution of Amy Cooper for falsely reporting an incident in the third degree," DA Vance said.
"We are strongly committed to holding perpetrators of this conduct accountable."
Amy will be arraigned on October 14 and if she's convicted, she could get conditional discharge or even be sentenced to community service or counseling instead of jail time.
The May 25 incident took place when bird lover Christian, 57, had asked the 41-year-old "Karen" to put her pooch on a leash in the Ramble, a wild part of the park.
He said it is required by law in the protected wildlife area commonly used by birdwatchers.
Despite what Christian said, Amy refused to listen.
The pair – who aren't related – then got into an argument when the bird watcher tried to lure Amy's dog away from the trail, compelling it with treats.
Things escalated when Amy told him that she would tell the cops an African American man was threatening her life – prompting Christian to record her outburst.
During the phone call, she can be heard saying: “I’m in the Ramble, there is a man, African-American, he has a bicycle helmet and he is recording me and threatening me and my dog.
"I am being threatened by a man in the Ramble, please send the cops immediately!”
Since the video went viral, Amy said her "life is being destroyed."
Amy also lost her job at Franklin Templeton, where she was the head of an insurance portfolio.
After the clip went viral, Amy apologized: "I sincerely and humbly apologize to everyone, especially to that man, his family."
"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."
A few days later, Christian revealed he will not be cooperating with the DA after Amy was charged.
The decision to charge the woman with filing a false police report does not have support from the victim, according to the New York Times.
"On the one hand, she's already paid a steep price," birdwatcher Christian said in a statement on July 7.
"That’s not enough of a deterrent to others? Bringing her more misery just seems like piling on."
He continued: "So if the DA feels the need to pursue charges, he should pursue charges. But he can do that without me."
His decision will potentially cause issues for prosecutors.
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