You know the Central Park video of Amy Cooper?
That’s the video showing her lying to a 911 dispatchers that a Black man is threatening her life. Well, she could be charged with a hate crime in the future. A proposed state legislation from 2 years ago, has new life. Originally proposed by New York Assemblyman Felix Ortiz.
After the viral video showed Cooper calling police on a Black man who asked her to leash her dog. New York Sen. Brian Benjamin re-introduced the bill that would make it a hate crime to falsely report certain criminal incidents against protected groups of people.
Benjamin said in a statement “this woman may have been given the benefit of the doubt, and that this man could have faced serious, perhaps life-threatening consequences.” Making a false report is already a crime on the books. Matching it to a stereotype is even worse.