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July 6, 2020

Amy Cooper, the white woman who called 911 while in New York City's Central Park and claimed an "African-American man" was threatening her life, was charged on Monday with filing a false report.

The incident took place on Memorial Day after Christian Cooper, a Black man who was birdwatching, asked Amy Cooper to leash her dog. She refused to do so, instead telling Christian Cooper she would call the police and tell them "there's an African-American man threatening my life." Christian Cooper, a board member of the New York City Audubon Society, filmed the encounter, which has been viewed 40 million times online and sparked a national discussion.

Cyrus Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney, said on Monday that his office is "strongly committed to holding perpetrators of this conduct accountable." Amy Cooper was charged with falsely reporting an incident in the third degree, a misdemeanor; if found guilty, she could face up to a year in jail. She is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 14.

After the incident, Amy Cooper was fired from her job. In a statement, her lawyer, Robert Barnes, said his client will be found not guilty, adding, "She lost her job, her home, and her public life. Now some demand her freedom? How many lives are we going to destroy over misunderstood 60-second videos on social media?" When asked for comment, Christian Cooper told The New York Times he had "zero involvement" in the district attorney's case. Catherine Garcia

June 17, 2020

Actor Danny Masterson has been charged with forcibly raping three women during incidents at his home in the early 2000s, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced Wednesday.

If convicted of all three charges, Masterson faces a possible maximum sentence of 45 years to life in prison. His arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 18.

The That '70s Show and The Ranch actor has been accused of raping a 23-year-old woman in 2001, a 28-year-old woman in early 2003, and a 23-year-old woman in late 2003, with the alleged crimes taking place in his Hollywood Hills home, Deputy District Attorney Reinhold Mueller said.

The DA's office declined to file sexual assault charges against Masterson in two other cases, due to insufficient evidence and an expired statute of limitations for one of the alleged crimes, Deadline reports. Catherine Garcia

June 2, 2020

Six Atlanta police officers are facing charges after being accused of using excessive force during the arrest of two college students Saturday night, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced on Tuesday.

Howard said arrest warrants have been issued for the six officers, with the charges including aggravated assault, criminal damage to property, and simple battery.

The incident took place after a George Floyd protest in downtown Atlanta. Body cam footage shows officers approaching a vehicle, with one using a baton to hit the driver's side window before breaking it and tasing the driver. A second officer tased the passenger. Later, one of the officers said he used the taser because it wasn't clear if the driver and passenger were armed.

After reviewing the footage, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Sunday ordered the firing of two of the officers. Catherine Garcia

July 4, 2018

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was charged in court Wednesday with criminal breach of trust and corruption.

He was arrested Tuesday over a suspicious transfer of $10.4 million into his bank accounts from SRC International, a former unit of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) state investment fund that he founded. U.S. investigators say Najib's associates looted billions from the 1MDB. The scandal led to Najib's shocking election defeat less than two months ago, and his arrest capped a rapid fall from grace.

Najib has maintained his innocence, calling the allegations politically motivated. "I am not perfect, but believe me that the accusations against me and my family are not all true," he said on a recorded video released on social media after his arrest. Harold Maass

January 16, 2018

The U.S. Navy announced Tuesday it is filing negligent homicide charges against several officers involved in two deadly ship collisions last year.

In June, the USS Fitzgerald hit a commercial ship in the waters off Japan, leaving seven sailors dead, and in August, the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker in the waters off of Singapore, killing 10 sailors. Both collisions were deemed avoidable. Navy spokesman Capt. Greg Hicks said a hearing will determine if the officers, charged with dereliction of duty and endangering a ship as well as negligent homicide, will be taken to trial in a court-martial.

The Navy is filing at least three charges against four officers on the USS Fitzgerald, including the commanding officer at the time, Cmdr. Bryce Benson, and charges against the commander at the time of the USS John S. McCain, Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez, and the chief petty officer. Hicks said the announcement of charges is "not intended to and does not reflect a determination of guilt or innocence related to any offenses. All individuals alleged to have committed misconduct are entitled to a presumption of innocence." In the wake of the collisions, several top leaders, including the commander of the 7th Fleet, Vice Adm. Joseph Aucion, were fired. Catherine Garcia

April 11, 2016

U.S. Navy officer Lt. Cmdr. Edward C. Lin has been charged with providing classified information to China and hiring a prostitute, United States officials confirmed to The New York Times Monday. Lin, a Taiwan-born naturalized U.S. citizen, was accused of twice giving secret information to a representative of a foreign government and of another three attempts to do so, all with the "intent or reason to believe it would be used to the advantage of a foreign nation," Reuters reports. Navy officials say they believe that Lin provided the information to a Chinese girlfriend.

Lin is also facing charges for committing adultery, hiring a prostitute, and not disclosing foreign travel to the U.S. government. He had a preliminary military justice hearing on Friday. Becca Stanek

February 3, 2015

Terrorism charges have been filed against three Ottawa men, with just one in custody and the other two believed to be fighting with ISIS.

Awso Peshdary, 25, faces charges of participating in, conspiring to participate in, and facilitating the activity of a terrorist group, The Globe and Mail reports, and is in custody. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police say that John Maguire, 24, and Khadar Khalib, 23, are both "active members" of ISIS and are likely overseas, fighting with the militant group.

Khalib is charged with leaving Canada to participate in the activities of a terrorist group, counseling a person to participate in terrorism, and conspiring to participate in terrorist activity, while Maguire is charged with facilitating an activity for a terrorist group and conspiring to participate in terrorist activity.

Maguire became famous last year when he appeared in an extremist recruiting video that called on Muslims to attack Canadians. On social media, reports are circulating that he died in battle overseas, but police say there is no solid evidence. "I think we follow the evidence," RCMP Chief Supt. Jennifer Strachan said. "In our minds, a tweet is not the kind of evidence we would be looking for to feel confident that Mr. Maguire is deceased." Catherine Garcia

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