Charges Dismissed Against Amy Cooper

Woman in Central Park called police on a Black birdwatcher
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 16, 2021 11:18 AM CST
Charges Dismissed Against Amy Cooper
This May 25, 2020, file image, taken from video provided by Christian Cooper, shows Amy Cooper with her dog calling police at Central Park in New York.   (Christian Cooper via AP, File)

Amy Cooper, the white woman arrested last spring for calling 911 during a dispute with a Black man in New York's Central Park, had her criminal case dismissed Tuesday after completing a counseling program meant to educate her on the harm of her actions. Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon said prosecutors were satisfied with Cooper’s participation in the program, which she described as an alternative, restorative justice solution, and were not seeking to pursue the case any further, reports the AP. Judge Anne Swern agreed to dismiss the charge of filing a false police report, a misdemeanor, and said she would seal Cooper's case file, in accordance with state law.

Illuzzi said Cooper's program, which included five therapy sessions, stressed appreciating racial identities but not using them to cause harm. The prosecutor said Cooper's therapist described it as a "moving experience" and that she learned "a lot in their sessions together." Cooper drew widespread condemnation and was fired from her job at investment firm Franklin Templeton after frantically calling 911 on May 25 to claim she was being threatened by an African American man," birdwatcher Christian Cooper, who had confronted her for walking her dog without a leash. Reached by phone, Christian Cooper said he had no comment on the news. (He chose not to participate in the criminal case.)

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