This week, a viral video surfaced of a New York City woman who called the police and falsely accused a black man of threatening her after he told her to put her dog on a leash in Central Park.
It was later reported that the woman, identified as Amy Cooper, became the center of a national focus for calling the police on Christian Cooper.
Now, lawmakers want justice.
According to CBS-DFW, Texas State Sen. Royce West (D) is calling for the arrest of Amy Cooper.
“Making a false police report is illegal in New York as it is in Texas and many other states. This type of conduct must be addressed,” he said in a statement.
“This type of conduct is what creates an atmosphere that can result in African Americans being falsely arrested, shot, or killed by police. People who attempt to weaponize the police against African Americans and other minorities must be held accountable,” he continued.
Noting that he was aware she had apologized, he added, “We need more than a slap on the wrist here to deter this from happening again. This woman displayed explicit bias in claiming an African American man was causing her to fear for her life. She wasted police time on racist garbage because she didn’t want to leash her dog. The New York penal code should be used here to its fullest extent.”
According to the report, Amy Cooper has since been suspended by her employer and was forced to return her dog to the rescue group where she first obtained him.