Transcript for Amy Cooper faces charges for calling police on Black bird watcher
We turn to new developments in the Amy cooper case. She's the New York woman now facing charges for calling police on a bird watch ef in central park, sparked accusations and outrage over racism but in a new twist the bird watcher, Christian cooper, is choosing not to cooperate saying Amy has been punished enough. Janai Norman joins us with the story. Reporter: Video of their encounter went viral and Amy cooper was judged in the court of public opinion. Now that the D.A. Filed charges, the man she called police on doesn't want to be involved. There is an African-American man, I'm in central park. He is recording me and threatening myself and my dog. I am being threatened a man in the ramble. Reporter: The latest on this on camera confrontation that made headlines back in may. I'm calling the cops. Please call the cops. Please call the cops. I'm going to tell them there's an African-American man threatening my life. Reporter: Chris cooper an avid bird watcher in central park when he came across Amy cooper with her dog unleashed against park rules. I said to the young woman, I said, dogs in the ramble have to be on the leech at all times. Reporter: He claims she refused and made that 911 call. The video has been viewed nearly 40 million times. Now officials are charging Amy cooper with filing a false police report, but the case has hit a snag. Chris cooper, the victim, is not cooperating in the Manhattan district attorney saying Tuesday Amy has already paid a steep price including losing her job adding that if the D.A. Feels the need to pursue charges, he should pursue charges but he can do that without me. Cooper spoke about it on "The view" and said he accepted her apology. Everything else that's happened to her, you know, I just -- I don't -- I'm uncomfortable with defining them by a couple seconds of what they've done. It was a stressful situation. She had a moment of very poor judgment. No excusing that it was a racist act because it was a racist act but that defined her entire life? I don't know. Only she can tell us if that defines her entire life by what she does going forward and what she's done in the past. I can't answer that so but that's what makes me uncomfortable. Reporter: Amy cooper's attorney telling ABC news his client will be found not guilty saying the rush to judgment by some in the public will be proven as wrong as cancel culture itself. She lost her job, her home and her public life. It could create challenges for prosecutors and some people who are calling for criminal justice reform agree with cooper's decision arguing that charging Amy cooper adds legitimacy to a flawed system. He explained himself very well. Thanks very much. Let's go to rob.
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