Charges Dropped Against "Central Park Karen" After Taking Racial Bias Program

Charges Dropped Against

Charges against a white woman who called the police on a black birdwatcher in New York's Central Park were dropped on Tuesday after she completed a program on racial bias, prosecutors said.

Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon said prosecutors were satisfied with Ms 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.

She completed five "psychoeducation and therapy" sessions that helped her "appreciate that racial identities shape our lives" and that "we can not use them to harm ourselves or others", Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi said.

Following the suggestion Lowell made in his email, the subject line of the message changed from "Charges against AMY COOPER (Central Park Karen) dismissed" to "Charges against AMY COOPER (Central Park birdwatching incident) dismissed", according to a Fox insider.

Reached by phone, Christian Cooper said he had no reaction to the news that Amy Cooper's case was dismissed.

On May 25 in the Ramble section of Central Park, a wooded area frequented by birdwatchers, Christian Cooper, who is not related, insisted that she put her dog on a leash - a request Amy Cooper refused.

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When police called Amy Cooper back in an attempt to locate her in the park, she falsely claimed the man, Christian Cooper, had "tried to assault her", Illuzzi said.

Cooper later told CNN she regretted calling the police: "It was unacceptable, and words are just words, but I can't undo what I did".

"Psychoeducation about racial equality is woven into each therapy session to prompt understanding and reflection", Illuzi said. Cooper was heard saying, "I'm going to tell them there's an African American man threatening my life".

Later Tuesday, Christian Cooper posted a statement on Facebook, again declining to discuss the case, but this time mentioning Amy Cooper in arguing for Washington, D.C., statehood.

The incident happened the same day that unarmed black man George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis, triggering weeks of national and global anti-racism protests. She was subsequently charged with filing a false police report, and Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. described her conduct as "racist".

Cooper, who appeared via video during the virtual hearing, only spoke briefly and said that she did not wish to address the court.

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