Why the “Amy Cooper” Bill Falls Short
Jacob Anthony Moniz
In June of this year, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo showed support for legislation referred to as “the ‘Amy Cooper’ False Accusation Bill,” which would make it a hate crime to call the police and make a false accusation based on another person’s race, gender, or religion.
New York State Assemblyman Félix Ortiz (D-Brooklyn)1 introduced the bill in 2018. However, it gained traction in May after an incident involving a white woman named Amy Cooper who dialed 9–1–1 and claimed that she was being threatened by “an African-American man” in Central Park.2 […]