In an effort to compile some examples of conditioned responses and perceptions within our communities, it felt right to start with this one – it is being circulated and viewed over 50,000,000 times for good reason – so we can witness what can happen to us when we are exposed to the influence and conditioning of the bad actors who govern and enable the ignorant – who believe themselves innocent, and our ‘leaders’ who are supposed to be bringing communities together to solve problems of division and historical and clandestine racism. Hard to watch and I for one can’t help feeling sorry for her poor dog who is obviously in distress and is being throttled by it’s lead – hard to watch but it is surely a wake-up call for those who prefer to ignore this instilled fear lying just under the surface of many peoples consciousness ready to explode into hate and vengeance – cruelty on many levels coming from the ‘apparently innocent’.
Another thought is that emerging evidence of the effects of Covid19 or the CoronaVirus on the brain and nervous system can trigger abnormal responses – see ….
Oh, when Karens take a walk with their dogs off leash in the famous Bramble in NY’s Central Park, where it is clearly posted on signs that dogs MUST be leashed at all times, and someone like my brother (an avid birder) politely asks her to put her dog on the leash. pic.twitter.com/3YnzuATsDm
— Melody Cooper (@melodyMcooper) May 25, 2020
By Troy Clossman from The New York Times July 8 2020
A Black man asked a white woman to leash her dog in Central Park, as rules required. She refused. Then she called the police to say she was being threatened.
A video of the Memorial Day episode has amassed over 50 million views on Twitter. The timing, one day before protests erupted nationwide over the killing of George Floyd, only furthered its role in reigniting discussions about white people making false accusations to the police about Black people.
Within 24 hours, Amy Cooper, the woman in the video, had publicly apologized and had been fired from her job.
Now, the Manhattan district attorney has brought criminal charges against her. The man in the video, however, has not cooperated with the prosecution’s investigation.
[The case against Amy Cooper lacks a key element: The victim’s cooperation.]
Here’s what has happened since the video went viral.
After the episode, the man in the video, Christian Cooper, an avid bird watcher, gave an interview to my colleague Sarah Maslin Nir. He told Ms. Nir that he was in the Ramble, a semi-wild section of Central Park, when he heard Ms. Cooper, who is unrelated to him, loudly calling after her dog.
After he asked her to leash the cocker spaniel, the two exchanged words. While he filmed on his phone, Ms. Cooper called the police.
“There is a man, African-American, he has a bicycle helmet and he is recording me and threatening me and my dog,” the clip shows Ms. Cooper saying to the 911 operator.
Within hours of the video becoming public, countless celebrities, activists and city and state officials had weighed in. Mayor Bill de Blasio called the episode “racism, plain and simple.”
Last month, state lawmakers approved legislation that allows people “a private right of action” if they believe someone called the police on them because of their race, gender, nationality or other protected class.
Ms. Cooper was charged on Monday with filing a false report, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail. She is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 14. If convicted, she could receive a conditional discharge or be sentenced to community service or counseling rather than jail time.
My colleague Jan Ransom wrote that the pending charge appears to be among the first that a white person in the United States has faced for wrongfully calling the authorities to make a complaint about a Black person.
But not everyone agrees that the charge is the right course of action.
“Some social justice advocates said that Ms. Cooper’s case should serve as a warning to others who might seek to wrongfully use the police in a racially charged encounter,” Ms. Ransom wrote. “But some argued that charging her criminally reinforces the idea that the only just consequence for wrongdoing should be incarceration.”
In a statement on Tuesday, Mr. Cooper said Ms. Cooper had “already paid a steep price. Bringing her more misery just seems like piling on.” He added, however, that he understood there was a greater principle at stake and that this should be defended. “So if the DA feels the need to pursue charges, he should pursue charges. But he can do that without me.”