New detail emerges in case of N.Y. white woman charged with making false report against Black man
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The video of the May 25 incident, which was viewed more than 30 million times by the next day, drew outrage, coming on the heels of several other widely seen incidents of white people calling police on Black people without cause.
It also occurred the same day George Floyd, a Black man, died on a Minneapolis street while his neck was under the knee of a white police officer for more than eight minutes.
Cooper apologized and was later fired by her employer, global investment firm Franklin Templeton.
Manhattan prosecutors brought the charge on July 6.
Cooper’s attorney, Robert Barnes, said in an email that he had no comment on the newly disclosed allegedly false assault claim.
Officer Francisco Tejada, who responded to Cooper’s call, said in a statement that when he asked her if the man had tried to “assault or touch her in any way,” she said no, prosecutors said.
Cooper’s next court date was set for Nov. 17.