She lost her job, her reputation, and now, perhaps, her freedom. When will society be satisfied that Central Park Karen has been punished enough?
Amy Cooper, 41, was arrested Monday and charged with falsely reporting a third-degree incident. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. will charge her with misdemeanors in October and could face up to a year in prison for her allegedly false 911 call.
Cooper, quickly labeled “Karen”, sparked an online frenzy. His act of calling the police about black birder Christian Cooper was seen as a monstrous act of racism.
An innocently asked him to tie his dog, according to the narrative, and with hatred in his racist heart, he called the New York police to report him.
What really happened was more nuanced. The two (unrelated) Coopers roamed the Central Park Ramble, a charming stretch of intertwined paths shaded by trees, echoing with the sounds of birds. Amy Cooper’s dog was off leash. Christian Cooper asked him to tie his dog so that the puppy would not scare the birds. She bristled; She did not want to.
He replied that he had some dog treats on hand for this purpose: that he would drive his dog away.
If the definition of “Karen” is, in addition to being a white woman, acting like a busybody, then both Coopers are guilty of the name.
Amy Cooper called the police; “I am at the Ramble and I am an African American man with a bicycle helmet, he is filming and threatening my dog,” he said.
Bird watching Cooper, filming the encounter, he knew he would have the Internet on his side. Amy Cooper believed that the cops would be with her. It was a confrontation, and she lost.
At any other time, the entire fight could have ended. But it happened the morning of May 25, the same day that George Floyd was killed while in Minneapolis police custody.
In the racial trial that followed, Karen cannot be saved.
The criminals were released from prison this spring in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19. A bail reform was enacted that allowed repeat offenders to be released without consequences or pretrial detention. Violent crime, murder, and gun violence are on the rise throughout the city.
However, a woman who was fired from investment firm Franklin Templeton after this incident, denounced by politicians, faces jail for entering into a dispute over a unleashed dog.
She has already been punished. Leave poor Karen alone.