Central Park Video Could Lead To A Hate Crime For Falsely Reporting A Crime

May 29, 2020

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.

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